Definition of wave verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    wave

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//weɪv//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//weɪv//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they wave
    BrE BrE//weɪv//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//weɪv//
     
    he / she / it waves
    BrE BrE//weɪvz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//weɪvz//
     
    past simple waved
    BrE BrE//weɪvd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//weɪvd//
     
    past participle waved
    BrE BrE//weɪvd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//weɪvd//
     
    -ing form waving
    BrE BrE//ˈweɪvɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈweɪvɪŋ//
     
    Styling hair
     
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    move hand/arm
  1. 1  [intransitive, transitive] to move your hand or arm from side to side in the air in order to attract attention, say hello, etc. The people on the bus waved and we waved back. wave at/to somebody Why did you wave at him? wave something (about/around) A man in the water was shouting and waving his arms around frantically. wave something at somebody She waved her hand dismissively at the housekeeper. wave somebody something My mother was crying as I waved her goodbye. wave something to somebody My mother was crying as I waved goodbye to her.
  2. 2  [intransitive, transitive] to show where something is, show somebody where to go, etc. by moving your hand in a particular direction + adv./prep. She waved vaguely in the direction of the house. wave something/somebody + adv./prep. ‘He's over there,’ said Ali, waving a hand towards some trees. I showed my pass to the security guard and he waved me through. She waved me away impatiently.
  3. 3  [transitive] to hold something in your hand and move it from side to side wave something Crowds lined the route, waving flags and cheering. wave something + adv./prep. ‘I'm rich!’ she exclaimed, waving the money under his nose.
  4. move freely
  5. 4  [intransitive] to move freely and gently, for example in the wind, while one end or side is held in position The flag waved in the breeze.
  6. hair
  7. 5[intransitive] to curl slightly His hair waves naturally.
  8. 6[transitive] wave something to make somebody’s hair curl slightly She's had her hair waved. See related entries: Styling hair
  9. Word Origin Old English wafian (verb), from the Germanic base of waver; the noun by alteration (influenced by the verb) of Middle English wawe ‘(sea) wave’.Extra examples He turned to wave to his mother. He waved a hand at her to shut her up. He waved a hand vaguely in the air. She waved cheerfully and he waved back. She smiled and waved slightly. She waved him to a seat. The guards waved us on. They stood by the side of the road and waved frantically. They waved to us as we passed. We waved at the people on the shore. people waving goodbye to their friends and relatives reeds waving gently in the breeze ‘He’s over there’ said Ali, waving a hand towards some trees. Clean white sheets waved and billowed on the line. He was waving at us from the other platform. I tried to approach, but he waved me away. My mother was crying as I waved her goodbye. She waved cheerfully as she set off. The man in the water was waving his arms around frantically. The referee waved play on. Wave goodbye to Daddy.Idioms to show your support for your country, an organization or an idea to encourage or persuade others to do the same
    like waving a red flag in front of a bull(US English)(British English a red rag to a bull)
     
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    something that is likely to make somebody very angry
    Phrasal Verbswave aside somethingwave down somebodywave somebodyoff
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