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Synonyms of wave in English:


  • 1 he waved his flag in triumph
    brandish, shake, swish, move to and fro, move up and down, wag, sweep, swing, flourish, wield;
    flick, flutter
  • 2 the grass waved in the breeze
    ripple, flutter, undulate, stir, flap, sway, billow, shake, quiver, move
  • 3 the waiter waved them closer
  • noun

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  • 1 she gave him a friendly wave
    gesture, gesticulation;
  • 2 he surfs the Malibu waves
    breaker, roller, comber, boomer, ripple, white horse, bore, big kahuna;
    (waves) swell, surf, froth;
  • 3 a wave of emigration
    flow, rush, surge, flood, stream, tide, deluge, spate
  • 4 a wave of self-pity
    surge, rush, stab, dart, upsurge, groundswell;
  • 5 his hair grew in thick waves
    curl, kink, corkscrew, twist, ringlet, coil
  • 6 electromagnetic waves
    ripple, vibration, oscillation
  • Phrases

    make waves
    informal just be quiet and don't make waves
    cause trouble, be disruptive, be troublesome;
    make an impression, get noticed
    wave aside
    he waved aside her protest
    dismiss, reject, brush aside, shrug off, disregard, ignore, discount, play down
    informal pooh-pooh
    wave down
    she had no luck waving down a cab
    flag down, hail, stop, summon, call, accost
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