With so many words that sound similar in the English language, it gets extremely hard to understand which word will be used where.

The case of “wave” and “waive” is no different. First off, the words fall under the homophones group.

What are Homophones?

Homophones are two or more words which are usually made up of the same letters. Also, many homophones cause mass confusions due to the fact that the words have similar pronunciations.

The most common examples are given below:

  • Tell, Tale
  • Brought, Bought
  • Where Wear
  • Waive, Wave

Differentiating between Waive and Wave

Now that homophones have been explained let’s get down to the main discussion. There are multiple uses of the word “wave” but the use of “waive” is straightforward.


This word is usually used to only express the meaning of “to decline a rule or right.” This word is usually used in legal contexts.


  • The college exercised their rights to waive off some of my fees.
  • “The charges have been waived, you have nothing to fear,” he said to me.
  • “You will need to waive your some of your rights if you sign this contract,” she instructed Atul.


The word “wave” has multiple uses. Now, to understand the various facets of usage of this word, follow the list given below:

  • The word “wave” can be used as a greeting; here a person can use their hand, handkerchief or any other object. This is one of the most popular uses of the word.
  • This word can also be used to describe the mountain of the water created at the sea or oceans, which come towards the land. It could be used for surfing or could only come towards the shore.
  • Also, if too many people come forward or rush in at the same moment, even that is called a


  • No sooner did the Black Friday Sale commence, a wave of people rushed inside.
  • “The bad weather makes the waves dangerous for surfing,” the coast guard told the kids.
  • “I saw my friend waving at me with a baseball like an idiot” I heard the girl tell her friend.