Definition of "wait" []

  • To remain or rest in expectation: waiting for the guests to arrive. See Synonyms at stay1. (verb-intransitive)
  • To tarry until another catches up. (verb-intransitive)
  • To remain or be in readiness: lunch waiting on the table. (verb-intransitive)
  • To remain temporarily neglected, unattended to, or postponed: The trip will have to wait. (verb-intransitive)
  • To work as a waiter or waitress. (verb-intransitive)
  • To stay in one place or remain inactive in expectation (of something); hold oneself in readiness (for something) (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To delay temporarily or be temporarily delayed (verb)
  • (of things) to be in store (for a person) (verb)
  • To act as a waiter or waitress (verb)
  • The act or an instance of waiting (noun)
  • A period of waiting (noun)
  • A band of musicians who go around the streets, esp at Christmas, singing and playing carols (noun)
  • An interlude or interval between two acts or scenes in a play, etc (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "wait" in a sentence
  • "September 9th, 2008 9:00 pm ET wait for it…..wait for it… comes her hillary-ous punch line… just 10 seconds"
  • "Thus, an infixed - um - is characteristic of many intransitive verbs with personal pronominal suffixes, e.g., sad - “to wait, ” sumid-ak “I wait”; kineg “silent, ” kuminek-ak “I am silent."
  • "Line was about 40-45 people, guessing the wait is at least half an hour – too long based on my time/cost benefit analysis."