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Meaning & Definition of Wait in English

English

Wait

/wet/

noun

1. Time during which some action is awaited

  • "Instant replay caused too long a delay"
  • "He ordered a hold in the action"
    synonym:
  • delay
  • ,
  • hold
  • ,
  • time lag
  • ,
  • postponement
  • ,
  • wait

2. The act of waiting (remaining inactive in one place while expecting something)

  • "The wait was an ordeal for him"
    synonym:
  • wait
  • ,
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • wait

2. Wait before acting

  • "The scientists held off announcing their results until they repeated the experiment"
    synonym:
  • wait
  • ,
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • expect
  • ,
  • look
  • ,
  • await
  • ,
  • wait

4. Serve as a waiter or waitress in a restaurant

  • "I'm waiting on tables at maxim's"
    synonym:
  • wait
  • ,
  • waitress

Examples of using

I suppose I could wait a little bit longer.
I can wait a little bit longer.
I'm asking Tom to wait.