What does wait mean?

Definitions for waitweɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word wait.

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"


  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 (Now generally superseded by "wait for".)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

  12. Origin: [OF. waite, guaite, gaite, F. guet watch, watching, guard, from OHG. wahta. See Wait, v. i.]


  1. wait

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Wait

    wāt, v.i. to stay in expectation (with for): to remain: to attend (with on): to follow: to lie in ambush.—v.t. to stay for: to await: (coll.) to defer: (obs.) to accompany.—n. ambush, now used only in such phrases as 'to lie in wait,' 'to lay wait:' the: act of waiting or expecting: delay: (pl.) itinerant musicians, originally watchmen, who welcome-in Christmas.—ns. Wait′er, one who waits: an attending servant: a salver or tray: a custom-house officer: (obs.) a watchman; Wait′erage, service; Wait′ering, the employment of a waiter; Wait′ing, act of waiting: attendance.—adv. Wait′ingly.—ns. Wait′ing-maid, -wom′an, a female attendant; Wait′ing-room, a room for the convenience of persons waiting; Wait′ing-vass′al (Shak.), an attendant; Wait′ress, a female waiter.—Wait attendance (Shak.), to remain in attendance; Wait upon, on, to call upon, visit: to accompany, to be in the service of: (B.) to look toward, to attend to, do the bidding of.—Lie in wait, to be in hiding ready for attack or surprise.—Lords, or Grooms, in waiting, certain officers in the Lord Chamberlain's department of the royal household; Minority waiter, a waiter out of employment, as a political minority is out of office. [O. Fr. waiter (Fr. guetter), to watch, attend—waite, a sentinel—Old High Ger. wahta (Ger. wacht), a watchman; cog. with A.S. wacan, to watch.]

Editors Contribution

  1. wait

    To stand in an orderly line ready to receive a form of service from a person.

    We all know and understand if you would like to go to the local bank branch there is a possibility at certain time you may have to wait in line for service along with other people.

  2. wait

    To sit on a chair, seat or similar piece of furniture until the person you need to see is ready.

    He entered the dentist surgery and was asked to wait in the seating area until the dentist was ready.

Suggested Resources

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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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wait in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wait in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Ron Popeil:

    But wait there's more!

  2. Khaled Abdel Majeed:

    It is a bit wait and see.

  3. Kodak founder George Eastman, in his suicide note:

    My work is done, why wait?

  4. Wang Qiushi:

    We can do nothing but wait.

  5. The Washington Post:

    Help is coming. Wait for it.

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