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verb wave pronunciation in American English /weɪv/
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
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