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An island of the western Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and Guam. Annexed by the United States in 1898, it was a commercial air base and later a military base. Wake Island was held by the Japanese from 1941 to 1945.
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(Placename) an atoll in the N central Pacific: claimed by the US in 1899; developed as a civil and naval air station in the late 1930s. Area: 8 sq km (3 sq miles)
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an island in the N Pacific, N of the Marshall Islands, belonging to the U.S. 3 sq. mi. (8 sq. km).
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|Noun||1.||Wake Island - an island in the western Pacific between Guam and Hawaii|
Battle of Wake, Battle of Wake Island - in December 1941 the island was captured by the Japanese after a gallant last-ditch stand by a few hundred United States marines
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