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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [weyv]
    • /weɪv/
    • /weɪv/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [weyv]
    • /weɪv/

Definitions of wave word

  • noun wave a member of the Waves. 1
  • verb without object wave to move freely and gently back and forth or up and down, as by the action of air currents, sea swells, etc.: The flags were waving in the wind. 1
  • verb without object wave to curve alternately in opposite directions; have an undulating form: The road waved along the valley. 1
  • verb without object wave to bend or sway up and down or to and fro, as branches or plants in the wind. 1
  • verb without object wave to be moved, especially alternately in opposite directions: The woman's handkerchief waved in encouragement. 1
  • verb without object wave to give a signal by fluttering or flapping something: She waved to me with her hand. 1

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Origin of wave

First appearance:

before 1325
One of the 16% oldest English words
1325-75; Middle English waven (v.), Old English wafian to wave the hands; cognate with Middle High German waben; cf. waver1

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Wave


wave popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 100% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

wave usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for wave

noun wave

  • breaker — Breakers are big sea waves, especially at the point when they just reach the shore.
  • dumper — to drop or let fall in a mass; fling down or drop heavily or suddenly: Dump the topsoil here.
  • ripple — (of a liquid surface) to form small waves or undulations, as water agitated by a breeze.
  • surge — a strong, wavelike, forward movement, rush, or sweep: the onward surge of an angry mob.
  • surf — the swell of the sea that breaks upon a shore or upon shoals.

verb wave

  • gesticulate — to make or use gestures, especially in an animated or excited manner with or instead of speech.
  • beckon — If you beckon to someone, you signal to them to come to you.
  • brandish — If you brandish something, especially a weapon, you hold it in a threatening way.
  • flap — to swing or sway back and forth loosely, especially with noise: A loose shutter flapped outside the window.
  • flutter — to wave, flap, or toss about: Banners fluttered in the breeze.

Antonyms for wave

noun wave

  • line — a thickness of glue, as between two veneers in a sheet of plywood.

verb wave

  • untwist — to untangle
  • calm — A calm person does not show or feel any worry, anger, or excitement.
  • leave alone — separate, apart, or isolated from others: I want to be alone.
  • mislead — to lead or guide wrongly; lead astray.
  • persist — to continue steadfastly or firmly in some state, purpose, course of action, or the like, especially in spite of opposition, remonstrance, etc.: to persist in working for world peace; to persist in unpopular political activities.

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