Definitions of wait

  1. time during which some action is awaited; " instant replay caused too long a delay"; " he ordered a hold in the action"
  2. wait before acting
  3. stay in one place and anticipate or expect something; " I had to wait on line for an hour to get the tickets"
  4. wait on tables; serve as a waiter; in restaurants" I'm waiting on tables at Maxim's"
  5. serve as a waiter in a restaurant; " I'm waiting on tables at Maxim's"
  6. To watch; to observe; to take notice.
  7. To stay or rest in expectation; to stop or remain stationary till the arrival of some person or event; to rest in patience; to stay; not to depart.
  8. To stay for; to rest or remain stationary in expectation of; to await; as, to wait orders.
  9. To attend as a consequence; to follow upon; to accompany; to await.
  10. To attend on; to accompany; especially, to attend with ceremony or respect.
  11. The act of waiting; a delay; a halt.
  12. Ambush.
  13. One who watches; a watchman.
  14. Hautboys, or oboes, played by town musicians; not used in the singular.
  15. Musicians who sing or play at night or in the early morning, especially at Christmas time; serenaders; musical watchmen.
  16. To cause to wait; to defer; to postpone; - said of a meal; as, to wait dinner.
  17. To linger or tarry; to remain; to stay in a condition of watching or expecting: with for; as, we waited for her for an hour; to attend or serve; as, to wait upon a table.
  18. To expect or tarry for; to delay; as, to wait dinner.
  19. The act of staying, or the length of time during which one stays, in expectation; delay.
  20. To stay in expectation: to remain: to attend ( with on): to follow: to lie in ambush.
  21. To stay for: to await.
  22. The act of waiting for something or somebody: as, after a long wait we were admitted: the act of waiting in concealment for the purpose of attacking; ambush; a kind of old night watchman: one of a band of musicians in the pay of a town corporation whose duties were at first to pipe or sound the hours and guard the streets, but subsequently to act merely as town's minstrels or musicians; " For as the custom prevails at present there is scarce a young man of any fashion in a corporation that does not make love with the town music; the waits often help him through his courtship."- Steele: at present, one of a band of musicians who promenade the streets during the night and early morning about Christmas or New- year time, performing music appropriate to the season: an old musical instrument of the hautboy or shawm kind; the name of the instrument may be from the waits, who chiefly performed on it.
  23. To stay for; await.
  24. To stay in expectation; remain.
  25. To rest in expectation.
  26. To stand in readiness. To be or act as a waiter.
  27. Ambush; the act of waiting. To lie in wait, to lie in ambush.
  28. To stay for, or remain stationary in expectation of the arrival of; to attend; to accompany with submission.
  29. To stay in expectation: to stay proceedings in expectation; to rest in patient expectation; to stay; to continue by reason of hindrance; to lie in ambush. To wait on or upon, to attend, as a servant; to attend upon; to pay servile attendance; to follow. To wait at, to perform service at. To wait for, to watch, as an enemy.
  30. To be on the look- out for; to expect; to remain until something happens; to remain quiet; to attend; to lie in ambush.

Usage examples for wait

  1. Had we not better wait a little, mamma? – Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope
  2. Then- then wait for me! – The Passionate Friends by Herbert George Wells
  3. We will wait for you. – A Butterfly on the Wheel by Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  4. He never has to wait. – Dorothy Dale in the City by Margaret Penrose
  5. " We must wait," said Jeffreys. – A Dog with a Bad Name by Talbot Baines Reed
  6. Where could you wait for me? – A Tale of Two Cities A Story of the French Revolution by Charles Dickens
  7. And all who wait with him? – John Enderby by Gilbert Parker Last Updated: March 14, 2009
  8. We must wait a little, Helen. – May Brooke by Anna H. Dorsey
  9. " Wait a moment, Susie," said Uncle Robert. – Uncle Robert's Geography (Uncle Robert's Visit, V.3) by Francis W. Parker and Nellie Lathrop Helm
  10. I didn't wait for him to say any more. – Roy Blakeley's Camp on Wheels by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  11. Ask him to help me to wait. – Star-Dust A Story of an American Girl by Fannie Hurst
  12. We haven't tried, yet- wait until morning. – In Her Own Right by John Reed Scott
  13. If you only knew- but I'll have to wait to tell you. – Grace Harlowe's Golden Summer by Jessie Graham Flower
  14. We have nothing to do now but wait. – The Shadow World by Hamlin Garland