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verb     wave pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlewaving
past tensewaved
past participlewaved
  1. 1
    [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:

    Mrs. Clinton 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.

    1. a.
      [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.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to move smoothly and gently from side to side

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

    1. a.
      [transitive] to move something around in the air
      wave something around:

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

      wave something at someone:

      He waved his finger at Lucy in a threatening manner.

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


a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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