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American English: /weɪv/
British English: /weɪv/

Translation of wave in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 (of water) to ride the waves [literary]
    surcar los mares [literary]
    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) she has a natural wave to her hair
    tiene el pelo naturalmente ondulado
    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.
    1.3 (Physics)
  • 2 (surge, movement) 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

  • 1 1.1 (shake, swing)
    she waved her hand sadly
    hizo adiós con la mano, llena de tristeza
    to wave something 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 something 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 to wave goodbye
    hacer adiós con la mano
    she waved him goodbye
    le hizo adiós con la mano
    Example sentences
    • Chad smiled and waved his hand, shaking his head.
    • As you sing the song the next time, you wave your left hand in time with the music.
    • They have no use for the dignified thumb sign, but wave their hands recklessly in an attempt to attract the rider and somehow get him to stop.
    Example sentences
    • Jamie lifted his head and looked at the green tent as it flapped and waved in the wind and rain.
    • You could barely see the folk for the flags waving.
    • And there's American flags waving in the background, and plenty of 'em.
    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)
    I had my hair waved
    me marqué or me ondulé el pelo
    Example sentences
    • For the model above the hair was waved with a stacked perm at the back of the neck to get volume up to the occipital bone, and layered and textured through the front.
    • She wore, black strappy high heeled sandals and her long dark hair was waved to perfection.
    • He was in his forties, she guessed, with thick, dark, waved hair and big baby-blue eyes.

intransitive verb

  • 1 (signal)to wave at or to somebody
    (to say goodbye) hacerle adiós a alguien con la mano
    (in greeting) saludar a alguien con la mano
    (to attract attention) he waved at or to me to come over she waved up/across at me
    me hizo señas desde abajo/desde el otro lado
    Example sentences
    • I saw her mom's face looking from the window and I waved, but she disappeared behind the curtain.
    • I waved out the window to my friends, dreading the conversation I was going to have with my parents when I got home.
    • His eyes caught sight of Henry standing behind the window, and he waved cheerfully at him as well.
    Example sentences
    • As he passed, merchants and shoppers smiled and waved their greetings.
    • There are ready smiles from residents who wave their greetings as we eventually head off the road and towards a small clutch of humble wooden dwellings.
    • I waved greetings in the general direction of the blokes, and smiled at the girls.
  • 2 (sway, flutter)
    mecerse con el viento

Phrasal verbs

wave aside

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
he waved me aside
me hizo señas para que me hiciera a un lado

wave away

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

wave off

verb + object + adverb
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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