wake up
intransitive verb
1. (to awaken from sleep) 
Today I woke up at 8 am.Hoy me desperté a las 8 de la mañana.
2. (figurative) (to become aware) 
Wake up! She's not coming back.¡Espabílate! Ella ya no va a regresar.
transitive verb
3. (to rouse from sleep) 
a. despertar 
A loud sound outside woke me up.Me despertó un sonido fuerte que venía de afuera.
wake up
transitive verb phrase
1. (general) 
a. despertar 
intransitive verb
2. (general) 
a. despertarse 
3. (fig) 
a. no direct translation 
to w up to the truthabrir los ojos a la realidad
wake up
1 despertar; despertarse
wake up! ¡despierta!; ¡despiértate!; to wake up from a nightmare despertar(se) de una pesadilla
one night my son woke up screaming she woke up with a start
to wake up with a hangover/a headache despertar(se) con resaca/dolor de cabeza
most of the city woke up to clear skies this morning he woke up [to] find himself rich
he woke up (to find himself) in prison amaneció en la cárcel; she woke up to find them gone cuando (se) despertó se encontró con que se habían ido
wake up and smell the coffee! especially (US) ¡abre los ojos!; ¡pon los pies en la tierra!
2 despertar(se); despabilar(se)
companies had better wake up a las empresas les convendría despertar(se); wake up, Ian! we've already discussed point 12 ¡despierta or despabila Ian! ya hemos discutido el punto 12; ¡despiértate or despabílate Ian! ya hemos discutido el punto
to wake up to sth
to wake up to the truth darse cuenta de la verdad; to wake up to reality darse cuenta de la realidad; despertar a la realidad
it is time they woke up to reality when is the media going to wake up and realize that we don't want to watch garbage like this? people should wake up to the fact that people with disabilities have got a vote as well he hasn't really woken up to the fact that his mother has died
transitive verb
1 despertar
I was woken up by the phone el teléfono me despertó; me desperté con el teléfono
can you wake me up in the morning?
you need a coffee to wake you up te hace falta una taza de café para despertarte
a cup of tea to will wake you up he needs something to wake him up
2 despertar
to wake one's ideas up despabilarse
you need to wake your ideas up if you're to get this contract
to wake sb up to sth hacer ver algo a algn; hacer que algn se dé cuenta de algo; someone needs to wake him up to the risks involved alguien tiene que hacerle ver los riesgos que implica
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