wave

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noun
1 on water
ADJECTIVE
big, enormous, giant, great, huge, mountainous
small, tiny
10-foot, 40-foot, etc.
gentle

the gentle waves of the bay

white-capped
incoming, oncoming

He swam headlong into the oncoming wave.

breaking
crashing
rolling
lapping
ocean

the roar of ocean waves

tidal, tsunami

Several villages have been destroyed by a huge tidal wave.

rogue

These boats aren't strong enough to withstand rogue waves.

VERB + WAVE
ride

Surfers flocked to the beach to ride the waves.

surf

She loved surfing the giant waves of the sea.

catch (often figurative)

How do we catch the next great wave of innovation?

WAVE + VERB
rise
break, fall, roll, roll in

We watched the waves breaking on the shore.

hit sth, pound sth, strike sth

The waves hit the rocks with huge energy.

lap

the gentle sound of waves lapping the sand

splash

A huge wave splashed over him.

crash, roar, smash

I could hear the waves crash against the rocks.

WAVE + NOUN
energy, power
PREPOSITION
in the waves

children playing in the waves

on the waves

There were seagulls bobbing on the waves.

PHRASES
the crash of the waves, the crashing of the waves, the lap of the waves, the lapping of the waves

All you could hear was the lapping of the waves.

the crest of a wave (often figurative)

She is on the crest of a wave at the moment following her Olympic success.

2 movement of energy
ADJECTIVE
acoustic, electromagnetic, gravitational, gravity, light, radio, seismic, shock, sound, ultrasonic
VERB + WAVE
emit, generate
deflect
detect
WAVE + VERB
travel
bounce off sth, travel

Sound waves bounce off objects in their path.

3 increase/spread
ADJECTIVE
big, enormous, great, huge, massive
fresh, new, next, recent
current

the current wave of business scandals

successive

successive waves of immigrants

first, second, etc.

the first wave of immigration in the 1950s

crime
VERB + WAVE
send

The news sent a wave of relief through the crowd.

cause, create, generate, produce, prompt, spark, trigger

This tendency has generated a new wave of company mergers.

launch, unleash

The attack unleashed a wave of terror in the city.

feel

I feel a wave of panic flow through me.

WAVE + VERB
sweep sth, sweep over sth, wash over sb/sth, wash through sb/sth

With the fall of the Bastille in 1789, a wave of euphoria swept Europe.

A wave of relief washed over him as he saw that the children were safe.

PREPOSITION
wave of

a big wave of refugees

on a wave

swept along on a wave of critical acclaim

4 hand movement
ADJECTIVE
quick
little, slight (esp. AmE)
cheery, friendly
farewell, goodbye (esp. AmE), parting
casual
dismissive

She gave a dismissive wave of her hand.

half-hearted
VERB + WAVE
give (sb), return

I returned his wave and started to walk up to him.

PREPOSITION
with a wave
wave of

He dismissed her thanks with a quick wave of the hand.

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verb
ADVERB
gently

reeds waving gently in the breeze

vigorously
cheerfully, cheerily, happily
proudly
enthusiastically, excitedly, frantically, madly, wildly

They stood by the side of the road and waved frantically.

quickly
slightly (esp. AmE)

She smiled and waved slightly.

just, merely, simply
vaguely

He waved a hand vaguely in the air.

casually
dismissively
half-heartedly
shyly
about (esp. BrE), around, aside, away, back, in, on, through

She waved cheerfully and he waved back.

The guards waved us on.

VERB + WAVE
turn and, turn to

He turned to wave to his mother.

PREPOSITION
at

We waved at the people on the shore.

to

They waved to us as we passed.

She waved him to a seat.

PHRASES
wave (sb) goodbye

people waving goodbye to their friends and relatives

Wave is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑arm, ↑banner, ↑flag, ↑tail
Wave is used with these nouns as the object: ↑acknowledgement, ↑arm, ↑banner, ↑baton, ↑farewell, ↑finger, ↑fist, ↑flag, ↑greeting, ↑gun, ↑hand, ↑handkerchief, ↑knife, ↑sign, ↑stick

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