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Dictionary Definition

wait

Noun

1 time during which some action is awaited; "instant replay caused too long a delay"; "he ordered a hold in the action" [syn: delay, hold, time lag, postponement]
2 the act of waiting (remaining inactive in one place while expecting something); "the wait was an ordeal for him" [syn: waiting]

Verb

1 stay in one place and anticipate or expect something; "I had to wait on line for an hour to get the tickets"
2 wait before acting [syn: hold off, hold back]
3 look forward to the probable occurrence of; "We were expecting a visit from our relatives"; "She is looking to a promotion"; "he is waiting to be drafted" [syn: expect, look, await]
4 serve as a waiter in a restaurant; "I'm waiting on tables at Maxim's"

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From Old Northern French waitier, a variant of Old French guatier (modern guetter ‘watch for’), from Germanic.

Pronunciation

Homophones

Verb

  1. to delay movement or action until the arrival or occurrence of; to await
    You'll just have to wait your turn.
  2. To delay movement or action until some event or time; to remain neglected or in readiness
    Wait here until your car arrives.
  3. To serve customers in a restaurant or other eating establishment.
    She used to wait down at the Dew Drop Inn.

Usage notes

Translations

transitive: delay until
''See await
delay until some event
to serve customers

Derived terms

Noun

  1. A delay.
    I had a very long wait at the airport security check.

Translations

a delay

Extensive Definition

Wait or WAIT may refer to:

See also

wait in French: wait

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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