|Origin:||wafian 'to wave with the hands'|
Related topics: Hair and Beauty
wave2 S3 W3
to raise your arm and move your hand from side to side in order to make someone notice you
hand[intransitive and transitive]
She turned to wave to the approaching soldiers.
Enid waved at us and we waved back.
wave (somebody) goodbye (=say goodbye to someone by waving to them)
The nurses came out to wave Grandad goodbye.
if you wave something, or if it waves, it moves from side to side:
move[intransitive and transitive]
The starter waved a green flag to indicate that the race would begin.
a tree waving in the breeze
He waved a hand in the air to attract her attention.
wave something under/at etc somebody/something
Trudie waved a $50 bill under his nose.
wave something around/about
The stranger spoke rapidly, waving his arms around.
to show someone which way to go by waving your hand in that direction
signal[transitive always + adverb/preposition]
wave somebody through/on/away etc
The border guards waved us through.
Peter waved them back to their seats.
to be forced to accept that something you want will not happen:
If you're not careful, you can wave goodbye to any pay rise this year.
to make a bad situation better, even though this is impossible:
I can't wave a magic wand and change what happened.
if hair waves, or if it is waved, it forms loose curls
hair[intransitive and transitive]DCB
wave something ↔ asidephrasal verb
He waved her protests aside.
wave somebody/something ↔ downphrasal verb
to signal to the driver of a car to stop by waving at them:
People in passing cars tried waving him down.
wave somebody ↔ offphrasal verb
Are you coming to the station to wave me off?