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wait

 (wāt)
v. wait·ed, wait·ing, waits
v.intr.
1.
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.
v.tr.
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.
n.
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.
Phrasal Verbs:
wait on (or upon)
1. To serve the needs of; be in attendance on.
2. To make a formal call on; visit.
3. To follow as a result; depend on.
4. To await: They're waiting on my decision.
wait out
To delay until the termination of: wait out a war; waited out the miniskirt craze.
wait up
1. To postpone going to bed in anticipation of something or someone.
2. Informal To stop or pause so that another can catch up: Let's wait up for the stragglers.

[Middle English waiten, from Old North French waitier, to watch, of Germanic origin; see weg- in Indo-European roots.]

wait

(weɪt)
vb
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)
2. 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. (Commerce) (intr) to act as a waiter or waitress
n
5. the act or an instance of waiting
6. a period of waiting
7. (Music, other) (plural) rare a band of musicians who go around the streets, esp at Christmas, singing and playing carols
8. (Theatre) an interlude or interval between two acts or scenes in a play, etc
9. lie in wait to prepare an ambush (for someone)
[C12: from Old French waitier; related to Old High German wahtēn to wake1]

wait

(weɪt)

v.i.
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.
v.t.
7. 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,
a. to serve food or drink to.
b. to attend to the purchasing needs of (a customer) in a store.
c. to be an attendant or servant for.
d. to call upon or visit (a person, esp. a superior).
e. to wait for (a person); await.
f. Also, wait upon. to await (an event).
11. wait out, to postpone action until the end of: to wait out a storm.
12. wait up,
a. to postpone going to bed in anticipation of an expected person or event.
b. Informal. to halt one's walking, running, etc., to allow someone to overtake one.
n.
13. an act or instance of waiting; delay.
14. a period or interval of waiting.
15. Brit.
a. waits, (formerly) a band of musicians employed by a city or town to play music in parades, for official functions, etc.
b. a street musician, esp. a singer.
c. one of a band of carolers.
d. a piece sung by carolers, esp. a Christmas carol.
Idioms:
lie in wait, to wait in ambush.
[1150–1200; early Middle English < Anglo-French waitier; Old French guaitier < Germanic; compare Old High German wahtēn to watch, derivative of wahta a watch (see wake1)]
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.

wait

1. 'wait'

You use the verb wait to say that someone remains in the same place, or avoids doing something, until something happens or someone arrives.

Please wait here until he is ready to see you.
She had been waiting to buy some stamps.
2. 'wait for'

You can say that someone waits for something or someone.

I stayed at home, waiting for her call.
If he's late, I'll wait for him.

You can also say that someone waits for a person or thing to do something.

She waited for me to say something.
I waited for Dad to come home.

Be Careful!
Wait is never a transitive verb. Don't say, for example, 'I was waiting her call'. You must use wait for.

See await

wait


Past participle: waited
Gerund: waiting

Imperative
wait
wait
Present
I wait
you wait
he/she/it waits
we wait
you wait
they wait
Preterite
I waited
you waited
he/she/it waited
we waited
you waited
they waited
Present Continuous
I am waiting
you are waiting
he/she/it is waiting
we are waiting
you are waiting
they are waiting
Present Perfect
I have waited
you have waited
he/she/it has waited
we have waited
you have waited
they have waited
Past Continuous
I was waiting
you were waiting
he/she/it was waiting
we were waiting
you were waiting
they were waiting
Past Perfect
I had waited
you had waited
he/she/it had waited
we had waited
you had waited
they had waited
Future
I will wait
you will wait
he/she/it will wait
we will wait
you will wait
they will wait
Future Perfect
I will have waited
you will have waited
he/she/it will have waited
we will have waited
you will have waited
they will have waited
Future Continuous
I will be waiting
you will be waiting
he/she/it will be waiting
we will be waiting
you will be waiting
they will be waiting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been waiting
you have been waiting
he/she/it has been waiting
we have been waiting
you have been waiting
they have been waiting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been waiting
you will have been waiting
he/she/it will have been waiting
we will have been waiting
you will have been waiting
they will have been waiting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been waiting
you had been waiting
he/she/it had been waiting
we had been waiting
you had been waiting
they had been waiting
Conditional
I would wait
you would wait
he/she/it would wait
we would wait
you would wait
they would wait
Past Conditional
I would have waited
you would have waited
he/she/it would have waited
we would have waited
you would have waited
they would have waited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wait - time during which some action is awaitedwait - time during which some action is awaited; "instant replay caused too long a delay"; "he ordered a hold in the action"
pause, suspension, intermission, interruption, break - a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
extension - a mutually agreed delay in the date set for the completion of a job or payment of a debt; "they applied for an extension of the loan"
moratorium - a legally authorized postponement before some obligation must be discharged
retardation - the extent to which something is delayed or held back
2.wait - the act of waiting (remaining inactive in one place while expecting something)wait - the act of waiting (remaining inactive in one place while expecting something); "the wait was an ordeal for him"
inactivity - being inactive; being less active
Verb1.wait - stay in one place and anticipate or expect somethingwait - stay in one place and anticipate or expect something; "I had to wait on line for an hour to get the tickets"
ambuscade, ambush, bushwhack, lie in wait, scupper, waylay, lurk - wait in hiding to attack
cool one's heels, kick one's heels - wait or pass the time aimlessly or futilely; be kept waiting; "She kicked her heels for hours at the gate of the Embassy"
stick about, stick around, stand by - be available or ready for a certain function or service
2.wait - wait before acting; "the scientists held off announcing their results until they repeated the experiment"
act, move - perform an action, or work out or perform (an action); "think before you act"; "We must move quickly"; "The governor should act on the new energy bill"; "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"
hold out - wait uncompromisingly for something desirable; "He held out for the dessert and did not touch the cheeses"
delay - act later than planned, scheduled, or required; "Don't delay your application to graduate school or else it won't be considered"
3.wait - look forward to the probable occurrence ofwait - 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"
expect - look forward to the birth of a child; "She is expecting in March"
anticipate, expect - regard something as probable or likely; "The meteorologists are expecting rain for tomorrow"
look forward - expect or hope for; "I look to hear from you soon"
look to - turn one's interests or expectations towards; "look to the future"; "this method looks to significant wavings"
hold the line, hang on, hold on - hold the phone line open; "Please hang on while I get your folder"
look for, look to, anticipate - be excited or anxious about
4.wait - serve as a waiter or waitress in a restaurant; "I'm waiting on tables at Maxim's"
work - exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity; "I will work hard to improve my grades"; "she worked hard for better living conditions for the poor"

wait

verb
1. stay, remain, stop, pause, rest, delay, linger, hover, hang around (informal), dally, loiter, tarry, w8 (S.M.S.) I waited at the corner for the lights to go green.
stay go, leave, quit, take off (informal), go away, set off, depart, move off
2. stand by, delay, hold on (informal), hold back, wait in the wings, mark time, hang fire, bide your time, kick your heels, cool your heels, w8 (S.M.S.) Let's wait and see what happens.
3. be postponed, be suspended, be delayed, be put off, be put back, be deferred, be put on hold (informal), be shelved, be tabled, be held over, be put on ice (informal), be put on the back burner (informal), w8 (S.M.S.) I want to talk to you but it can wait.
noun
1. delay, gap, pause, interval, stay, rest, halt, hold-up, lull, stoppage, hindrance, hiatus, entr'acte, w8 (S.M.S.) After a long wait, someone finally picked up the phone.
wait around hang around, linger, loiter, hover around, mark time, skulk around, loaf around I waited around to speak to the doctor.
wait for or on something or someone await, expect, look forward to, hope for, anticipate, look for I'm still waiting for a reply from him.
wait on or upon someone serve, tend to, look after, take care of, minister to, attend to, cater to The owner of the restaurant himself waited on us.
wait up stay awake, stay up, keep vigil I waited up for you till three in the morning.
Proverbs
"Don't count your chickens before they are hatched"
"Don't cross the bridge till you come to it"

wait

verb
1. To look forward to confidently.Also used with for:
Informal: figure on.
2. To continue to be in a place:
Informal: stick around.
Idiom: stay put.
3. To stop temporarily and remain, as if reluctant to leave:
4. Informal. To put off until a later time:
Idiom: put on ice.
phrasal verb
wait on or upon
1. To work and care for:
2. To place food before (someone):
noun
An act or the time of waiting:
Translations
إنْتِظار، تأخيرانتظريَتَوَقَّعيَخْدُم الزَّبائِنيَنْتَظِر
čekatpočkat
ventevente påventenventetidservere
odottaaodottaa jotakinodotustarjoilla
čekatipričekati
bíðabiî, töfbíîabíîa eftiròjóna
待つ
...을 기다리다기다리다
lauktipadavėjapadavėjaspatarnauti
apkalpotgaidīšanagaidīt
aştepta
čakanie
čakatipočakatistrečičakanje
väntavänta på
รอรอได้
chờ đợi

wait

[weɪt]
A. VI
1. (= hold on)
1.1. [person] → esperar
just wait a moment while I fetch you a chairespere un momento que voy a traerle una silla
"repairs while you wait"reparaciones en el acto
reporters were waiting to interview herlos reporteros estaban esperando para entrevistarla
I can't wait to see his faceestoy deseando ver su cara
they can't wait for us to goestán deseando que nos vayamos
to wait for sth/sbesperar algo/a algn
I'll wait for you outsidete espero fuera
what are you waiting for? (= hurry up) → ¡a qué esperas!, ¡venga ya!
the best things in life are worth waiting foren esta vida las cosas buenas merecen la espera
to wait for sb to do sthesperar (a) que algn haga algo
they waited for him to finishesperaron (a) que terminara
I'm waiting for them to make a decisionestoy esperando (a) que tomen una decisión, estoy pendiente de que tomen una decisión
I can hardly wait!¡me muero de impaciencia!
to keep sb waitinghacer esperar a algn
sorry to keep you waiting; sorry to have kept you waitingsiento haberle hecho esperar
wait a minute!¡un momento!, ¡momentito! (esp LAm), ¡aguarde! (LAm)
now wait a minute, Dave, you never told me thateh, un momento, Dave, tú nunca me dijiste eso
wait and see!¡espera, ya verás!
I waited till two o'clockesperé hasta las dos
wait till you're askedespera a que te inviten
just you wait till your father finds out!¡ya verás cuando se entere tu padre!
to be waiting in the wingsesperar entre bastidores
1.2. [thing] the dishes can waitlos platos pueden esperar
there's a parcel waiting to be collectedhay un paquete que hay que recoger
there is a big market just waiting to be opened uphay un mercado grande para abrir
the ferry tragedy was a disaster waiting to happenla tragedia del ferry se veía venir
2. (as servant)
to wait at tableservir a or atender la mesa
B. VT
1. (= await)
to wait one's chanceesperar la oportunidad
can't you wait your turn like everyone else?¿no puedes esperar a que llegue tu turno como los demás?
2. (= delay) [+ dinner, lunch, etc] don't wait dinner for meno me esperen para cenar
3. (= serve)
to wait table (US) → servir a la mesa, atender la mesa
C. Nespera f
it was a long wait for the trainfue una larga espera hasta la llegada del tren
patients face a 28-week wait for operationslos pacientes tienen que esperar 28 semanas a que les operen
to lie in wait (for sb)andar or estar al acecho (de algn)
you may have quite a waitpuede que tengas que esperar bastante
dinner was worth the waitla cena mereció la espera
wait around wait about VI + ADVquedarse esperando
to wait around for sbquedarse esperando a algn
to wait around for sth to happenquedarse esperando a que pase algo
wait behind VI + ADVesperarse
to wait behind for sbquedarse para esperar a algn
wait in (esp Brit) VI + ADVquedarse en casa (esperando)
to wait in for sbquedarse en casa esperando a algn
wait on VI + PREP [waiter, servant] → servir, atender (esp LAm)
to wait on sb hand and footatender el menor deseo de algn
wait out VT + ADV
1. (= wait till end of) [+ storm] → esperar a que pase
we have enough capital to wait it out until the economy improvestenemos suficiente capital para aguantar hasta que mejore la economía
2. (US)
2.1. (= wait longer than) we can wait you out indefinitely, why don't you surrender?podemos esperar indefinidamente or tenemos todo el tiempo del mundo, ¿por qué no te rindes?
2.2. (= wait for) we have to wait out the results of the votetenemos que esperar a que se conozcan los resultados de la votación
wait up VI + ADV
1. (= stay up) to wait up for sbquedarse despierto esperando a algn
don't wait up for meno te quedes despierto esperándome
2. (US) (= wait) → esperar
wait upon VI + PREP to wait upon sb
1. (frm) [ambassador, envoy] → presentar sus respetos a algn, cumplimentar a algn
2. = wait on

wait

[ˈweɪt]
n
(= waiting period) → attente f
There was a long wait → Il y avait une longue attente.
We had a 30-minute wait for the bus
BUT Nous avons attendu le bus pendant 30 minutes.
to lie in wait for sb → guetter qn
viattendre
to wait until → attendre que + subj
Wait until everyone has finished → Attendez que tout le monde ait fini.
You'll have to wait until tomorrow
BUT Vous allez devoir attendre demain.
to wait for sb → attendre qn
I'll wait for you → Je t'attendrai.
Wait for me! → Attends-moi!
to wait for sth → attendre qch
to keep sb waiting → faire attendre qn
They kept us waiting for hours → Ils nous ont fait attendre pendant des heures.
Sorry to keep you waiting → Désolé de vous avoir fait attendre.
to wait to do sth → attendre de faire qch
I waited to see how she responded → J'attendais de voir comment elle réagissait.
"repairs while you wait" → "réparations minute"
(= be ready, be there) to be waiting for sb → attendre qn
There was a letter waiting for me → Une lettre m'attendait.
can't wait (expressing eagerness)
I can't wait! → J'ai hâte de voir ça!
I can't wait to see him again → J'ai hâte de le revoir.
We can't wait to get started → Nous avons hâte de commencer.
I can't wait for the holidays → J'ai hâte d'être en vacances.
I can hardly wait to tell her! → J'ai trop hâte de lui dire!
(asking sb to stop, to explain sth) wait! → attendez!
Wait, you can't go in there! → Attendez un peu, vous ne pouvez pas entrer là!
Wait a minute! → Attendez une minute!
wait for it! → attendez!
it can wait → cela peut attendre
wait and see (= be patient) → attendons de voir
what are you waiting for? (= hurry up) → qu'est-ce que vous attendez?
wait around
viattendre
to wait around for sth → attendre qch
wait behind
vis'attarder
wait on
vt fusservir
wait up
viattendre avant d'aller se coucher
My mum always waits up till I get in → Ma mère attend toujours que je rentre avant d'aller se coucher.
Don't wait up for me → Ne m'attendez pas pour aller vous coucher.

wait

vi
warten (→ for auf +acc); to wait for somebody to do somethingdarauf warten, dass jd etw tut; it was definitely worth waiting fores hat sich wirklich gelohnt, darauf zu warten; that’ll be worth waiting for (iro)da bin ich aber gespannt (inf); well, what are you waiting for?worauf wartest du denn (noch)?; wait for it, now he’s going to get madwarts ab, gleich wird er wild (inf); this stamp is worth, wait for it, £10,000diese Briefmarke kostet sage und schreibe £ 10.000; let him wait!, he can wait!lass ihn warten!, soll er warten!, der kann warten!; can’t it wait?kann das nicht warten?, hat das nicht Zeit?; this work will have to wait till laterdiese Arbeit muss bis später warten or liegen bleiben; this work is still waiting to be donediese Arbeit muss noch gemacht or erledigt werden; wait a minute or moment or second(einen) Augenblick or Moment (mal); (just) you wait!warte nur ab!; (threatening) → warte nur!; Mummy, I can’t waitMami, ich muss dringend mal!; I can’t waitich kanns kaum erwarten; (out of curiosity) → ich bin gespannt; I can’t wait to see his faceda bin ich (aber) auf sein Gesicht gespannt; I can’t wait to try out my new boatich kann es kaum noch erwarten, bis ich mein neues Boot ausprobiere; I can hardly wait (usu iro)ich kann es kaum erwarten!; “repairs while you wait„Sofortreparaturen“, „Reparaturschnelldienst“; wait and see!warten Sie (es) ab!, abwarten und Tee trinken! (inf); we’ll have to wait and see how …wir müssen abwarten, wie …
to wait at table (Brit) → servieren, bedienen; she used to wait at the …sie bediente früher im …
vt
to wait one’s turn(ab)warten, bis man an der Reihe ist; to wait one’s moment or chanceauf eine günstige Gelegenheit warten, eine günstige Gelegenheit abwarten; don’t wait supper for mewarte mit dem Abendessen nicht auf mich
(US) to wait a tableservieren, bedienen
n
Wartezeit f; did you have a long wait?mussten Sie lange warten?
to lie in wait for somebody/somethingjdm/einer Sache auflauern
waits pl˜ Sternsinger pl

wait

[weɪt]
1. n wait (for)attesa (di)
to have a long wait → aspettare a lungo
a 2-hour wait → un'attesa di 2 ore
to lie in wait (for sb) → tendere un agguato (a qn)
2. vt
a. (turn, chance) → aspettare, attendere
b. (Am) (delay, dinner) → ritardare
3. vi
a. to wait (for sb/sth)aspettare (qn/qc)
to wait for sb to do sth → aspettare che qn faccia qc
wait a moment! → (aspetta) un momento!
wait and see! → aspetta e vedrai!
we'll have to wait and see → dobbiamo vedere come vanno le cose
just you wait! → ti faccio vedere io!
just you wait till your father comes home! → vedrai quando torna tuo padre!
wait till you're older → aspetta di essere cresciuto/a
to keep sb waiting → far aspettare qn
"repairs while you wait" → "riparazioni lampo"
I can't wait to see his face → non vedo l'ora di vedere che faccia farà
I can hardly wait! → non vedo l'ora!
that was worth waiting for → valeva la pena aspettare tanto
b. (as servant) to wait at tableservire a tavola
wait about wait around vi + advrestare ad aspettare
wait behind vi + advtrattenersi
wait in vi + advrestare a casa ad aspettare
wait on vi + prepservire
to wait on sb hand and foot → servire qn in tutto e per tutto
wait up vi + advrestare alzato/a (ad aspettare)
don't wait up for me → non rimanere alzato ad aspettarmi
wait upon vi + prep (old) (visit) → presentare i propri rispetti a

wait

(weit) verb
1. (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).
2. (with for) to expect. I was just waiting for that pile of dishes to fall!
3. (with on) to serve dishes, drinks etc (at table). This servant will wait on your guests; He waits at table.
noun
an act of waiting; a delay. There was a long wait before they could get on the train.
ˈwaiterfeminine ˈwaitress noun
a person who serves people with food etc at table. She is a waitress in a café; Which waiter served you in the restaurant?
ˈwaiting-list noun
a list of the names of people who are waiting for something. She is on the waiting-list for medical treatment.
ˈwaiting-room noun
a room in which people may wait (eg at a station, doctor's surgery etc).

wait

يَنْتَظِرُ čekat, počkat vente, vente på warten, warten auf περιμένω, περιμένω για esperar odottaa, odottaa jotakin attendre čekati, pričekati aspettare 待つ ...을 기다리다, 기다리다 wachten, wachten op vente, vente på poczekać, poczekać na aguardar, esperar ждать, ожидать vänta, vänta på รอ, รอได้ beklemek chờ đợi 等待

wait

v. esperar, aguardar;
to ___ onservir, atender a.

wait

vi esperar; to — for esperar; Other patients are waiting for me..Otros pacientes me esperan.
References in classic literature ?
He stretched out in a hammock under trees in the camp clearing, and with his friends waited for the possible return of Tolpec and the porters.
She waited for the material pictures which she thought would gather and blaze before her imagination.
Glancing his eyes around, with a vain effort to pierce the gloom that was thickening beneath the leafy arches of the forest, he felt as if, cut off from human aid, his unresisting companions would soon lie at the entire mercy of those barbarous enemies, who, like beasts of prey, only waited till the gathering darkness might render their blows more fatally certain.
MORE than 25,000 patients waited nine months or longer to start hospital treatment in May, new figures have revealed.
Yet figures for June show 10,123 patients had waited longer than this.
Official figures have revealed that 7000 people had to wait more than four hours from arrival to admission, discharge or transfer between December 23 and January 6, while 291 waited more than 12 hours.
Andy Burnham, Labour's Shadow Health Secretary, said: "This worrying increase in the number of patients who waited longer than 18 weeks for treatment is another sign of an NHS slipping backwards.
The number of people treated by Betsi Cadwaladr UHB in the month, having waited more than 36 weeks, was 777, or 5.
A decade ago 2,400 local people waited more than 13 weeks for their first outpatient appointment with a hospital consultant and 597 waited six to eight months for non-urgent inpatient treatment.
In fact, on one recent day, Betty Berry of Woodland Hills waited all of about five minutes for her appointment.
During the four weeks prior to Christmas, we light the candles of our Advent wreaths and put ourselves in the spiritual space of the Israelite people who, through many long centuries, waited for the coming of the Messiah ("How long, O Lord?