bewake

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English bewaken (to watch), from Old English *bewacian (to watch, observe), from Proto-Germanic *bi- (be-), *wakjaną (to wake, watch), from Proto-Indo-European *weǵ- (to be awake, be fresh or cheerful), equivalent to be- +‎ wake. Cognate with Dutch bewaken (to watch over, guard), German bewachen (to guard), Swedish bevaka (to watch, guard, monitor). More at be-, wake.

Verb[edit]

bewake (third-person singular simple present bewakes, present participle bewaking, simple past and past participle bewaked)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To watch; keep watch over; guard.
  2. (transitive) To awaken thoroughly; keep awake.
  3. (transitive) To spend waking; watch through.
  4. (intransitive) To keep awake; watch.
  5. (transitive, obsolete) To watch over (a body); observe funeral rites for.

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Dutch[edit]

Verb[edit]

bewake

  1. (archaic) singular present subjunctive of bewaken