Synonyms of wave in English:

wave


See definition of wave

verb

1‘Farrell waved a hand dismissively’

SYNONYMS
move to and fro, move up and down, wag, waggle
swing, shake, swish, sweep, swipe, brandish, flourish, flaunt, wield, flick, flutter

2‘the grass waved in the morning breeze’

SYNONYMS
ripple, flutter, undulate, stir, flap, sway, swing, waft, shake, quiver, oscillate, move
blow

3‘the waiter was waving to them to sit closer’

SYNONYMS
gesture, gesticulate, signal, sign, beckon, indicate, motion, nod, bid

4‘her thick dark hair fell in a waving mass to her shoulders’

SYNONYMS
curl, kink, coil, undulate
crimp, frizz, frizzle

noun

1‘Whitlock gave him a friendly wave as he drove past’

SYNONYMS
gesture, gesticulation, hand movement
signal, sign, motion, indication

2‘he loves surfing the big waves’

SYNONYMS
breaker, billow, roller, comber, ripple, white horse, white cap
swell, surf, froth
Australian, New Zealand bombora
informal boomer
North American informal kahuna

3‘the wave of emigration to America’

SYNONYMS
flow, rush, surge, flood, stream, swell, tide, deluge, torrent, spate, billow

4‘Lee felt a wave of self-pity’

SYNONYMS
surge, rush, ripple, spasm, thrill, frisson, shiver, tingle, stab, dart
upsurge, welling up, outbreak, rash
feeling

5‘he had dark hair that sprang in thick waves from his forehead’

SYNONYMS
curl, kink, corkscrew, crimp, twist, twirl, ringlet, frizz, coil, loop, undulation

6‘electromagnetic waves’

SYNONYMS
ripple, vibration, oscillation, undulation

Phrases

    wave something aside

    ‘he waved aside her protest’


    SYNONYMS

    dismiss, reject, brush aside, put aside, set aside, shrug off, disregard, ignore, spurn, rebuff, discount, repudiate, put out of one's mind, play down, treat with contempt

    informal

    pooh-pooh, pour cold water on

    wave something down

    ‘he waved down a taxi and drove off’


    SYNONYMS

    flag down, hail, signal to stop, stop, signal, summon, call, shout to, accost

    make waves

    ‘plenty of backbenchers continue to make waves’


    SYNONYMS
    informal

    cause trouble, be disruptive, be troublesome, cause a disturbance

    make an impression, be noticed