I UK [weɪv] / US noun [countable]
Word forms "wave":
singular wave plural waves
a) a line of water that rises up on the surface of a sea, lake, or river

The boat was smashed by a huge wave.

Children swam and played in the waves.

b) the waves
[plural] literary the sea
2) a sudden increase in a particular type of behaviour or activity, especially one that is unpleasant or not welcome
wave of:

A fresh wave of selling sent technology stocks even lower.

a frightening wave of drug-related killings

a) a large number of people moving or arriving somewhere at the same time
wave of:

Waves of protesters began arriving at the stadium.

in waves:

Demonstrators came to the rally in waves.

b) a period of activity that is part of a series of similar periods

Much of Dresden was destroyed by wave after wave of bombing.

3) a sudden strong feeling or emotion that a person or group of people has
wave of:

They were overcome by a wave of horror at the news.

The scandal set off a wave of anger among local residents.

She felt a wave of tiredness sweep over her.

4) a movement of your hand used for saying hello or goodbye to someone or for giving a signal

Jack walked away with a wave.

a) the action of moving an object in the air, especially in order to give a signal

With a wave of the flag, the cars raced away.

b) American a Mexican wave
a) physics the way in which sound, light, a radio signal etc travels. It is represented by a line that curves upwards and then downwards again many times.
b) a shape that has a series of curves, or a single one of these curves
6) a slight curl in a person's hair

II UK [weɪv] / US verb
Word forms "wave":
present tense I/you/we/they wave he/she/it waves present participle waving past tense waved past participle waved
a) [intransitive/transitive] to move your hand to say hello or goodbye or as a signal

He smiled and waved when he saw me.

"Aren't they beautiful?" Don said, waving his hand at the mountains.

wave to:

Prince Charles waved to the crowd.

wave at:

She waved at her parents as the bus pulled away.

wave goodbye (to someone):

Wave goodbye to Grandma, Charlie.

b) [transitive] to move your hand in order to tell someone to move, leave, or stop annoying you
wave someone away/off/on:

He waved me away when I offered to help.

a) [intransitive] to move smoothly and gently from side to side

All around me I saw tall trees waving in the wind.

b) [transitive] to move something around in the air
wave something around:

A man walked into the shop, waving a gun around.

wave something at someone:

He waved his finger at Lucy in a threatening manner.

3) [intransitive] if hair waves, it forms slight curls

wave something goodbye/wave goodbye to somethinginformal used for saying that someone will lose something or will not be able to have it

If John loses his job, we can wave goodbye to our house.

Phrasal verbs:

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