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]
1 stay in one place and anticipate or expect something; "I had to wait on line for an hour to get the tickets"
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"
EtymologyFrom Old Northern French waitier, a variant of Old French guatier (modern guetter ‘watch for’), from Germanic.
- Rhymes: -eɪt
- to delay movement or action until the arrival or occurrence of;
- You'll just have to wait your turn.
- To delay movement or action until some event or time;
to remain neglected or in
- Wait here until your car arrives.
- To serve customers in a restaurant or other eating establishment.
- She used to wait down at the Dew Drop Inn.
transitive: delay until
- ''See await
delay until some event
- Bosnian: čekati
- Chinese: 等 (děng)
- Croatian: čekati
- Czech: čekat
- Danish: vente
- Dutch: wachten, afwachten
- Ewe: lala
- Finnish: odottaa
- French: attendre
- German: warten
- Hebrew: חיכה, המתין
- Hindi: इंतज़ार करना (intaʐār karnā)
- Icelandic: bíða
- Ido: vartar
- Irish: fan
- Japanese: 待つ (まつ, matsu)
- Korean: 기다리다 (gidarida)
- Lao: (löö)
- Latvian: gaidīt
- Lithuanian: laukti
- Occitan: esperar
- Old English: bīdan, ġebīdan
- Polish: czekać
- Romanian: aştepta
- Slovak: čakať
- Slovenian: čakati
- Spanish: esperar, aguardar
- Swedish: vänta
- Urdu: (intaʐār karnā)
- A delay.
- I had a very long wait at the airport security check.
Wait or WAIT may refer to:
- The act of waiting, see waiting (time)
- wait (command), a computer shell command
- wait (operating system), an operating system system call
- Wait (musician), British town pipers
- "Wait" (song), a song by The Beatles
- Wait EP, an EP by The Polyphonic Spree
- "Wait" (Wang Chung song), a song by the band Wang Chung
(album), an album by the glamrockband Stealheart
- "Wait" (Stealheart song), a song by the band Steelheart
- "Wait (The Whisper Song)", a song by the Ying Yang Twins
- WAIT (AM), a radio station in Chicago, Illinois
- Western Australian Institute of Technology (WAIT), former name of Curtin University of Technology
wait in French: wait
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