wait Definition

  • 1stay where one is or delay action until a particular time or event.
  • 2serve at a table as a waiter or waitress.
  • 3a period of waiting.

Using wait: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "wait" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I'll wait for you here.

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    We had to wait in line for an hour.

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    He waited patiently for his turn to speak.

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    She works as a waitress and waits tables at the restaurant.

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    The wait for the test results was excruciating.

  • Example

    I can't wait to see you again!

wait Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for wait

Antonyms for wait

Phrases with wait

  • wait and see

    to be patient and not take any action until something happens


    I'm not sure what will happen next, so I'll just have to wait and see.

  • to endure a difficult or unpleasant situation until it ends or improves


    The storm will pass soon. We just need to wait it out.

  • wait on someone hand and foot

    to do everything for someone and anticipate their every need


    She's so spoiled! Her assistant waits on her hand and foot.

Origins of wait

from Old North French 'waitier', meaning 'attend'


Summary: wait in Brief

The verb 'wait' [weɪt] means to stay in one place or delay action until a specific time or event. It can also refer to serving as a waiter or waitress. 'Wait' is often used in phrases like 'wait and see,' meaning to be patient, and 'wait it out,' meaning to endure a difficult situation. Examples include 'I'll wait for you here' and 'She works as a waitress and waits tables at the restaurant.'

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