Definition of Wait in English :

Define Wait in English

Wait meaning in English

Meaning of Wait in English

Pronunciation of Wait in English

Wait pronunciation in English

Pronounce Wait in English


see synonyms of wait


1. delay, hold, postponement, time lag, wait

time during which some action is awaited

Example Sentences:
'instant replay caused too long a delay'
'he ordered a hold in the action'

2. wait, waiting

the act of waiting (remaining inactive in one place while expecting something)

Example Sentences:
'the wait was an ordeal for him'


3. wait

stay in one place and anticipate or expect something

Example Sentences:
'I had to wait on line for an hour to get the tickets'

4. hold back, hold off, wait

wait before acting

Example Sentences:
'the scientists held off announcing their results until they repeated the experiment'

5. await, expect, look, wait

look forward to the probable occurrence of

Example Sentences:
'We were expecting a visit from our relatives'
'She is looking to a promotion'
'he is waiting to be drafted'

6. wait, waitress

serve as a waiter or waitress in a restaurant

Example Sentences:
'I'm waiting on tables at Maxim's'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of wait
1. (when intr, often foll by for, until, or to)
to stay in one place or remain inactive in expectation (of something); hold oneself in readiness (for something)
to delay temporarily or be temporarily delayed
that work can wait
3. (when intr, usually foll by for)
(of things) to be in store (for a person)
success waits for you in your new job
4. (intransitive)
to act as a waiter or waitress
the act or an instance of waiting
a period of waiting
7. (plural) rare
a band of musicians who go around the streets, esp at Christmas, singing and playing carols
an interlude or interval between two acts or scenes in a play, etc
9.  lie in wait

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see synonyms of wait
verb intransitive
to stay in a place or remain in readiness or in anticipation (until something expected happens or for someone to arrive or catch up)
to be ready or at hand
dinner was waiting for them
to remain temporarily undone or neglected
let that job wait
to serve food at a meal
with at or on
to wait at table, to wait on a person
verb transitive
to be, remain, or delay in expectation or anticipation of; await
to wait orders, to wait one's turn
6.  Informal
to delay serving (a meal) as in waiting for someone
to wait dinner
7.  Obsolete
to attend upon or escort, esp. as a token of respect or honor
8.  Obsolete
to attend as a consequence
the act or fact of waiting
a period of waiting
a four-hour wait
in England,
any of a group of singers and musicians who go through the streets at Christmastime performing songs and carols for small gifts of money
any tune so performed
12.  Obsolete
a member of a band of musicians formerly employed by a city or town in England to play at entertainments
13.  Obsolete
a watchman

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of wait
v. wait·ed, wait·ing, waits
a. To remain or rest in expectation: waiting for the guests to arrive. See Synonyms at stay1.
b. To stay in one place until another catches up: waited at the corner for everyone else in the group.
2. To remain or be in readiness: Lunch is waiting at the counter.
3. To remain temporarily neglected, unattended to, or postponed: The trip will have to wait.
4. To work as a waiter or waitress.
1. To remain or stay in expectation of; await: wait one's turn.
2. Informal To delay (a meal or an event); postpone: They waited lunch for us.
3. To be a waiter or waitress at: wait tables.
1. The act of waiting or the time spent waiting.
2. Chiefly British
a. One of a group of musicians employed, usually by a city, to play in parades or public ceremonies.
b. One of a group of musicians or carolers who perform in the streets at Christmastime.

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