Synonyms of wave

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a moving ridge on the surface of water
  • the toddler was almost knocked down by the waves created by the speedboat

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Synonyms of wave (Entry 2 of 2)

to direct or notify by a movement or gesture
  • waved them over to the side of the road

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swing, wave, flourish, brandish, thrash mean to wield or cause to move to and fro or up and down. swing implies regular or uniform movement. swing the rope back and forth wave usually implies smooth or continuous motion. waving the flag flourish suggests vigorous, ostentatious, graceful movement. flourished the winning lottery ticket brandish implies threatening or menacing motion. brandishing a knife thrash suggests vigorous, abrupt, violent movement. an infant thrashing his arms about

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