wake up to (something)

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wake up to (something)

To become alert to or aware of something, especially something that needs to be recognized as a problem. You need to wake up to what's happening instead of ignoring the situation. If this country doesn't wake up to the hatred that's among us, we're going to have a bleak future.
See also: up, wake
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In RIX-MAC, every node wakes up periodically at its own schedule (Sched-wakeup) and wakes up to send a data frame synchronized to the receiver's wake-up (Synch-wakeup).