Definitions for WAITweɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to remain inactive or in a state of repose, as until something expected happens (often fol. by for or until):

    to wait for the bus.

  2. (of things) to be available or in readiness:

    A letter is waiting for you.

  3. to remain neglected for a time:

    a matter that can wait.

  4. to postpone or delay something or to be postponed or delayed:

    Your vacation will have to wait.

  5. to look forward to eagerly:

    to wait for a chance to get even.

  6. to work or serve as a waiter.

  7. (v.t.)to await:

    You'll have to wait your turn.

  8. to postpone or delay:

    Don't wait supper for me.

  9. to serve as waiter for:

    to wait tables.

  10. wait on, to serve food or drink to. to attend to the purchasing needs of (a customer) in a store. to be an attendant or servant for. to call upon or visit (a person, esp. a superior). to wait for (a person); await. Also, wait upon. to await (an event).

    Category: Verb Phrase, Dialect

  11. wait out, to postpone action until the end of:

    to wait out a storm.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  12. wait up, to postpone going to bed in anticipation of an expected person or event. Informal. to halt one's walking, running, etc., to allow someone to overtake one.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  13. (n.)an act or instance of waiting; delay.

  14. a period or interval of waiting.

  15. Brit. waits, (formerly) a band of musicians employed by a city or town to play music in parades, for official functions, etc. a street musician, esp. a singer. one of a band of carolers. a piece sung by carolers, esp. a Christmas carol.

    Category: British

Idioms for wait:

  1. lie in wait, to wait in ambush.

    Category: Idiom

* Usage: Sometimes considered objectionable in standard usage, the verb phrase wait on meaning “to wait for (a person)” is largely confined to speech. It is most common in the Midland and Southern U.S.: Let's not wait on Rachel, she's always late.wait on or upon (an event) does not have a regional pattern and occurs in a wide variety of contexts: We will wait on (or upon) his answer before making our decision.

Origin of wait:

1150–1200; early ME < AF waitier; OF guaitier < Gmc; cf. OHG wahtēn to watch, der. of wahta a watch (see wake1)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. delay, hold, time lag, postponement, wait(noun)

    time during which some action is awaited

    "instant replay caused too long a delay"; "he ordered a hold in the action"

  2. wait, waiting(verb)

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

    "the wait was an ordeal for him"

  3. wait(verb)

    stay in one place and anticipate or expect something

    "I had to wait on line for an hour to get the tickets"

  4. wait, hold off, hold back(verb)

    wait before acting

    "the scientists held off announcing their results until they repeated the experiment"

  5. expect, look, await, wait(verb)

    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"

  6. wait, waitress(verb)

    serve as a waiter or waitress in a restaurant

    "I'm waiting on tables at Maxim's"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. wait(verb)ɪt

    to stop or delay doing sth until sth happens or sb arrives

    I'll wait here.; Wait for me!; Can you wait (for) a few minutes?; Let's wait to see if it rains.

  2. waitɪt

    to make sb wait a long time

    He kept me waiting for two hours!

  3. waitɪt

    to be expecting or hoping sth will arrive or happen

    I've been waiting for this email for so long.; the day we have all been waiting for; The company is waiting for me to make a decision.

  4. waitɪt

    used to say sth can be done later

    We have to fill these orders now - the rest can wait.

  5. waitɪt

    ready for sb to use or deal with

    Dinner was waiting for her at home.

  6. waitɪt

    indicates sb is excited about sth that is going to happen

    I can't wait until my birthday!

  7. waitɪt

    used to ask sb to wait

    Wait a second, I'm almost done.

  8. waitɪt

    indicates you have just realized sth

    Wait a minute - I know who he is.

  9. waitɪt

    indicates sb will have to wait to find out what will happen

    We'll just have to wait and see if she's feeling better tomorrow.

  10. waitɪt

    to have a job serving people in a restaurant

    He waited tables while he was in college.

  11. waitɪt

    used to introduce sth you are excited about

    Wait till you hear what we did today!

  12. wait(noun)ɪt

    the time sb waits for sth

    a long wait in the doctor's office


  1. wait(Noun)

    A delay.

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

  2. wait(Noun)

    An ambush.

    They laid in wait for the patrol.

  3. wait(Noun)

    One who watches; a watchman.

  4. wait(Noun)

    Hautboys, or oboes, played by town musicians.

  5. wait(Noun)

    Musicians who sing or play at night or in the early morning, especially at Christmas time; serenaders; musical watchmen. [formerly waites, wayghtes.]

  6. wait(Verb)

    To delay movement or action until the arrival or occurrence of; to await. (Now generally superseded by "wait for".)

  7. wait(Verb)

    To delay movement or action until some event or time; to remain neglected or in readiness.

    Wait here until your car arrives.

  8. wait(Verb)

    To wait tables; to serve customers in a restaurant or other eating establishment.

    She used to wait down at the Dew Drop Inn.

  9. Origin: From waiten, wayten, from waiter, waitier, from Old Low *, derivative of *, from wahtwō, from weǵ-. Cognate with wahten, wachten, guetter, wachtjen. More at watch.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wait(verb)

    to watch; to observe; to take notice

  2. Wait(verb)

    to stay or rest in expectation; to stop or remain stationary till the arrival of some person or event; to rest in patience; to stay; not to depart

  3. Wait(verb)

    to stay for; to rest or remain stationary in expectation of; to await; as, to wait orders

  4. Wait(verb)

    to attend as a consequence; to follow upon; to accompany; to await

  5. Wait(verb)

    to attend on; to accompany; especially, to attend with ceremony or respect

  6. Wait(verb)

    to cause to wait; to defer; to postpone; -- said of a meal; as, to wait dinner

  7. Wait(verb)

    the act of waiting; a delay; a halt

  8. Wait(verb)


  9. Wait(verb)

    one who watches; a watchman

  10. Wait(verb)

    hautboys, or oboes, played by town musicians; not used in the singular

  11. Wait(verb)

    musicians who sing or play at night or in the early morning, especially at Christmas time; serenaders; musical watchmen


  1. wait

    In computing, wait is a command which pauses until execution of a background process has ended.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'WAIT' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1497

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'WAIT' in Written Corpus Frequency: #524

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'WAIT' in Verbs Frequency: #107

Anagrams of WAIT

  1. WTAI

Translations for WAIT

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(with for ) to remain or stay (in the same place or without doing anything)

Wait (for) two minutes (here) while I go inside; I'm waiting for John (to arrive).

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