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Pronunciation: /weɪv/

Translation of wave in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 (of water) ola (feminine) to ride the waves [literary/literario] surcar* los mares [literary/literario] to make waves hacer* olas, causar problemas
    Example sentences
    • He had anticipated this move though for as soon as she broke the surface a wave of water hit her.
    • The sound of the waves breaking on the shore is a fine way to fall asleep.
    • While the guys attempted to body surf the waves, the girls laid out on the sand to tan.
    1.2 (in hair) onda (feminine) she has a natural wave to her hair tiene el pelo naturalmente ondulado 1.3 [Physics/Física] onda (feminine)
    Example sentences
    • Her long dark blonde hair had a natural wave and hung half to her waist.
    • We finger-styled Tamara's hair fresh out of the shower, coaxing out the natural wave in her otherwise pin-straight hair.
    • Standing at well over six feet, he had long, dark hair with a slight wave to it that just brushed his shoulders.
  • 2 (surge, movement) oleada (feminine) a wave of revolutionary fervor una oleada de fervor revolucionario a wave of nausea came over him le vinieron náuseas there has been a wave of attacks ha habido una oleada de asaltos
    Example sentences
    • So will one the features of this new age - in addition to the welcome growth in sexual openness - be a terrible wave of increased sexual assaults?
    • Momentum was increased by a fresh wave of Russian pogroms in 1903.
    • The United States also pledged $350m to help tsunami victims, a tenfold increase over its first wave of aid.
  • 3 (gesture) he silenced them with a wave of his hand los hizo callar con un gesto de la mano she gave them a wave les hizo adiós/los saludó con la mano

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 1.1 (shake, swing) [handkerchief/flag] agitar she waved her hand sadly hizo adiós con la mano, llena de tristeza to wave sth in the air agitar algo en el aire stop waving those papers under my nose! ¡deja de restregarme esos papeles por las narices! to wave sth around agitar algo she waved her stick at them los amenazó agitando su bastón en el aire or blandiendo su bastón smiling, she waved the letter at him sonriente, le enseñaba la carta agitándola en el aire to wave goodbye hacer* adiós con la mano she waved him goodbye le hizo adiós con la mano 1.2 (direct) I was waved to one side me apartó con un gesto the policeman waved us on el policía nos hizo señas para or de que siguiéramos adelante
  • 2 (curl) [hair] marcar*, ondular I had my hair waved me marqué or me ondulé el pelo

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • 1 (signal) to wave at oto sb (to say goodbye) hacerle* adiós a algn con la mano (in greeting) saludar a algn con la mano (to attract attention) he waved at o to me to come over me hizo señas para que me acercara she waved up/across at me me hizo señas desde abajo/desde el otro lado
  • 2 (sway, flutter) [corn/trees] agitarse, mecerse* con el viento; [flag/pennants] ondear, flamear

Phrasal verbs

wave aside

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
[arguments/attempts] rechazar*, desechar he waved me aside me hizo señas para que me hiciera a un lado

wave away

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
she waved the flies away espantó las moscas con la mano she waved him away le hizo señas para or de que se fuera

wave down

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
we were waved down by a policeman un policía nos hizo señas para que paráramos

wave off

verb + object + adverb/verbo + complemento + adverbio
we waved them off until the ship was out of sight les dijimos adiós con la mano hasta que el barco se perdió de vista

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The language of the Basque Country and Navarre is euskera, spoken by around 750,000 people; in Spanish vasco or vascuence. It is also spelled euskara. Basque is unrelated to the Indo-European languages and its origins are unclear. Like Spain's other regional languages, Basque was banned under Franco. With the return of democracy, it became an official language alongside Spanish, in the regions where it is spoken. It is a compulsory school subject and is required for many official and administrative posts in the Basque Country. There is Basque language television and radio and a considerable number of books are published in Basque. See also lenguas cooficiales