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Definitions of wait

  1. 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"
  2. time during which some action is awaited; " instant replay caused too long a delay"; " he ordered a hold in the action"
  3. wait before acting
  4. stay in one place and anticipate or expect something; " I had to wait on line for an hour to get the tickets"
  5. the act of waiting ( remaining inactive in one place while expecting something); " the wait was an ordeal for him"
  6. wait on tables; serve as a waiter; in restaurants" I'm waiting on tables at Maxim's"
  7. serve as a waiter in a restaurant; " I'm waiting on tables at Maxim's"
  8. To watch; to observe; to take notice.
  9. 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.
  10. To stay for; to rest or remain stationary in expectation of; to await; as, to wait orders.
  11. To attend as a consequence; to follow upon; to accompany; to await.
  12. To attend on; to accompany; especially, to attend with ceremony or respect.
  13. The act of waiting; a delay; a halt.
  14. Ambush.
  15. One who watches; a watchman.
  16. Hautboys, or oboes, played by town musicians; not used in the singular.
  17. Musicians who sing or play at night or in the early morning, especially at Christmas time; serenaders; musical watchmen.
  18. To cause to wait; to defer; to postpone; - said of a meal; as, to wait dinner.
  19. 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.
  20. To expect or tarry for; to delay; as, to wait dinner.
  21. The act of staying, or the length of time during which one stays, in expectation; delay.
  22. To stay in expectation: to remain: to attend ( with on): to follow: to lie in ambush.
  23. To stay for: to await.
  24. 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.
  25. To stay for; await.
  26. To stay in expectation; remain.
  27. To delay action for ( something); await.
  28. To rest in expectation.
  29. To stand in readiness. To be or act as a waiter.
  30. Ambush; the act of waiting. To lie in wait, to lie in ambush.
  31. To stay for, or remain stationary in expectation of the arrival of; to attend; to accompany with submission.
  32. 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.
  33. To be on the look- out for; to expect; to remain until something happens; to remain quiet; to attend; to lie in ambush.
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Quotes of wait

  1. A statesman... must wait until he hears the steps of God sounding through events, then leap up and grasp the hem of His garment. – Otto von Bismarck
  2. Look, all this is about is utilizing the rules of the Senate, using a majority of the senators, to make sure that we get health reform done. We cannot wait another day. – Barbara Boxer
  3. I can't wait to get out. It's been much too long, I don't like being home. I'd rather play. This tour is going to be really big. We're gonna have the biggest show we can have. It's gonna be different not like the old KISS shows. – Eric Carr
  4. Sometimes it is better to begin the journey, to get under way, then it is to sit back and wait until such time that you're convinced that all conditions are perfect and that there'll be no surprises along the route. – John Engler
  5. I'm not here to perform. I'm here to sign autographs. You have to wait till I come back with my own hand. – Ace Frehley
  6. The finer the bait, the shorter the wait – Frank Gorshin
  7. Everyone has said very supportive things coming out of D. C. today. We can't wait when the race has begun. – Katherine Harris
  8. There is- you know, there's receipts for rented cars and license plates and guns and hand prints and palm prints and fingerprints. You know, I want to wait until I'm in a court. – Patty Hearst
  9. Pray a little more, work a little harder, save, wait be patient and, most of all, live within our means. That's the American way. It's not spending ourselves into prosperity or taxing ourselves into prosperity. – Mike Huckabee
  10. Listen, wait and be patient. Every shaman knows you have to deal with the fire that's in your audience's eye. – Ken Kesey
  11. Don't wait If it's not right, move on. – Andy Lau
  12. Truth, after all, wears a different face to everybody, and it would be too tedious to wait till all were agreed. – James Russell Lowell
  13. Teach us, O Lord, the disciplines of patience, for to wait is often harder than to work. – Peter Marshall
  14. You can't just sit there and wait for people to give you that golden dream. You've got to get out there and make it happen for yourself. – Diana Ross
  15. You have to love the doing of what you're doing and not wait for the phone to ring. – Robert Stack

Usage examples for wait

  1. Now, when will you-" " Wait – The Last Woman by Ross Beeckman
  2. Ask him to help me to wait – Star-Dust A Story of an American Girl by Fannie Hurst
  3. Where could you wait for me? – A Tale of Two Cities A Story of the French Revolution by Charles Dickens
  4. We haven't tried, yet- wait until morning. – In Her Own Right by John Reed Scott
  5. Then- then wait for me! – The Passionate Friends by Herbert George Wells
  6. If you only knew- but I'll have to wait to tell you. – Grace Harlowe's Golden Summer by Jessie Graham Flower
  7. Had we not better wait a little, mamma? – Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope
  8. I was about to go home, but I'll wait for you." – Syndrome by Thomas Hoover
  9. I didn't wait for him to say any more. – Roy Blakeley's Camp on Wheels by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  10. " We must wait said Jeffreys. – A Dog with a Bad Name by Talbot Baines Reed
  11. She said she would wait for you to come home." – Command by William McFee
  12. We must wait a little, Helen. – May Brooke by Anna H. Dorsey
  13. Yet he would wait – Witch-Doctors by Charles Beadle
  14. She sat herself down to wait – Orientations by William Somerset Maugham
  15. We have nothing to do now but wait – The Shadow World by Hamlin Garland
  16. And all who wait with him? – John Enderby by Gilbert Parker Last Updated: March 14, 2009
  17. " Wait a moment," said Jennie. – Jennie Baxter, Journalist by Robert Barr
  18. We will wait for you. – A Butterfly on the Wheel by Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  19. " 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
  20. He never has to wait – Dorothy Dale in the City by Margaret Penrose

Rhymes for wait