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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)

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.

Use "wait" in a sentence
  • "September 9th, 2008 9:00 pm ET wait for it…..wait for it…..here comes her hillary-ous punch line…..in 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."