Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “wave”

See all translations

wave

noun [C]
 
 
/weɪv/
a larger than usual number of events of a similar, often bad, type, happening within the same period: a wave of sth During the recession there was a wave of bankruptcies and mass unemployment. a crime wave
the pattern in which some types of energy, such as sound, light, and heat, are spread or carried: light/sound/radio waves Large amounts of data is transmitted via light waves inside fiberoptic cables.
make waves to do things that make people notice you, often in a way that causes trouble: Sometimes, an employee feels intimidated by workplace bullying, but, they don't want to make waves.
(Definition of wave from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of wave?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “wave” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

illusion

an idea or belief that is not true

Word of the Day

Lies, lies, lies!

by Kate Woodford,
February 25, 2015
​​​ According to sociologists (=people who study the relationships between people living in groups), we are good at lying. As a species, we have developed a remarkable ability to deceive each other (= persuade each other that something false is true). Being able to say things that are not true can help with

Read More 

showrooming noun

February 23, 2015
the activity of examining a product in a physical store and then making the purchase with an online retailer Amazon’s new smartphone is specifically designed to make showrooming fast and easy.

Read More