Definitions of wait

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