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You use the verb wait to say that someone remains in the same place, or avoids doing something, until something happens or someone arrives.
You can say that someone waits for something or someone.
You can also say that someone waits for a person or thing to do something.
Wait is never a transitive verb. Don't say, for example, 'I was waiting her call'. You must use wait for.
Past participle: waited
|Noun||1.||wait - 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); "the wait was an ordeal for him"|
inactivity - being inactive; being less active
|Verb||1.||wait - stay in one place and anticipate or expect something; "I had to wait on line for an hour to get the tickets"|
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"
|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 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"
|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"
stay go, leave, quit, take off (informal), go away, set off, depart, move off
"Don't count your chickens before they are hatched"
"Don't cross the bridge till you come to it"
wait on or upon
just wait a moment while I fetch you a chair → espere un momento que voy a traerle una silla
"repairs while you wait" → reparaciones en el acto
reporters were waiting to interview her → los reporteros estaban esperando para entrevistarla
I can't wait to see his face → estoy deseando ver su cara
they can't wait for us to go → están deseando que nos vayamos
to wait for sth/sb → esperar algo/a algn
I'll wait for you outside → te espero fuera
what are you waiting for? (= hurry up) → ¡a qué esperas!, ¡venga ya!
the best things in life are worth waiting for → en esta vida las cosas buenas merecen la espera
to wait for sb to do sth → esperar (a) que algn haga algo
they waited for him to finish → esperaron (a) que terminara
I'm waiting for them to make a decision → estoy esperando (a) que tomen una decisión, estoy pendiente de que tomen una decisión
I can hardly wait! → ¡me muero de impaciencia!
to keep sb waiting → hacer esperar a algn
sorry to keep you waiting; sorry to have kept you waiting → siento haberle hecho esperar
wait a minute! → ¡un momento!, ¡momentito! (esp LAm), ¡aguarde! (LAm)
now wait a minute, Dave, you never told me that → eh, un momento, Dave, tú nunca me dijiste eso
wait and see! → ¡espera, ya verás!
I waited till two o'clock → esperé hasta las dos
wait till you're asked → espera a que te inviten
just you wait till your father finds out! → ¡ya verás cuando se entere tu padre!
to be waiting in the wings → esperar entre bastidores
there's a parcel waiting to be collected → hay un paquete que hay que recoger
there is a big market just waiting to be opened up → hay un mercado grande para abrir
the ferry tragedy was a disaster waiting to happen → la tragedia del ferry se veía venir
to wait one's chance → esperar la oportunidad
can't you wait your turn like everyone else? → ¿no puedes esperar a que llegue tu turno como los demás?
it was a long wait for the train → fue una larga espera hasta la llegada del tren
patients face a 28-week wait for operations → los 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 wait → puede que tengas que esperar bastante
dinner was worth the wait → la cena mereció la espera
to wait around for sb → quedarse esperando a algn
to wait around for sth to happen → quedarse esperando a que pase algo
to wait in for sb → quedarse en casa esperando a algn
to wait on sb hand and foot → atender el menor deseo de algn
we have enough capital to wait it out until the economy improves → tenemos suficiente capital para aguantar hasta que mejore la economía
don't wait up for me → no te quedes despierto esperándome
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 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"
There was a letter waiting for me → Une lettre m'attendait.
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!
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!
to wait around for sth → attendre qch
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.
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)
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
don't wait up for me → non rimanere alzato ad aspettarmi