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noun [countable] wave pronunciation in British English /weɪv/
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  1. 1
    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.
    1. a.

      the waves

      [plural] literary the sea
  2. 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
    1. 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.
    2. 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. 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.



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