wait has definitions from the field of work
1
[ verb ] stay in one place and anticipate or expect something

Examples

"I had to wait on line for an hour to get the tickets"

Used in print

(The Dallas Morning News,...)

`` He just lay back there and waited for it '' , Meek said .

(William G. Pollard, Physicist and Christian....)

The members of the community do not create the spirit but rather find it present and waiting for them .

(Tristram P. Coffin, "Folklore in the American Twentieth...)

After_all , the average American as he lies and waits for the enemy in Korea or as she scans the newspaper in some vain hope of personal contact with the front is unconcerned that his or her plight is the result of a complex of personal , economic and governmental actions far beyond the normal citizen 's comprehension and control .

(Clayton C. Barbeau, The Ikon....)

Tonight a group of men , tomorrow night he himself , would go_out there somewhere and wait .

`` We just sit quiet and wait '' , Prevot had said .

2
[ verb ] wait before acting

Synonyms

hold_back hold_off

Used in print

(Robert Wallace, "This Is the Way It Came About"...)

And fourth , there were moderates who were in no hurry for independence and wished to wait until the Congo grew_up .

(The Atlanta Constitution...)

I wanted to grab her by the arm and beg her to wait , to consider , to know for_certain because life is so_long and marriage is so important .

(The Philadelphia Inquirer,...)

Mr._George_Hough ( Oct. 30 ) sounds like a business man who waits until the last minute to leave his home or shop .

(Glenn Infield, "America's Secret Poison Gas Tragedy"...)

They 're just waiting for the proper time to come over_here and dump this place into the Adriatic '' .

Like_hell he 'd wait - and supposing the radar-controlled gun got knocked_out ?

Related terms

act delay hold_out delay

3
[ verb ] look forward to the probably occurrence of

Synonyms

expect await look

Examples

: "We were expecting a visit from our relatives" "She is looking to a promotion" "he is waiting to be drafted"

Used in print

(Christopher Davis, First Family....)

We 'll wait till you 're stronger and then talk_about it '' .

(Francis Pollini, Night....)

He listened , waited , nothing happened .

(Howard Fast, April Morning....)

I was drunk with excitement and the smell of gunpowder that came floating down from the road , and the fact that I was not afraid now , but only waiting to know what to do next .

(Ann Hebson, The Lattimer Legend....)

They stayed in their own world on the bluff , waiting for letters and the peddler , bringing the news .

Kate and Mrs._Tussle waited for letters anxiously .

4
[ verb ] (work) wait on tables; serve as a waiter; in restaurants "I'm waiting on tables at Maxim's"

Used in print

(Jesse Hill Ford, Mountains of Gilead....)

The two little bangs meant that he was getting impatient to have a crowd of customers waited on and that if he had to he would jerk open the door and drag out , by the opposite door_handle which she would be clutching , whichever-the-hell clerk it was who thought she could waste so_much store time on the pot .

Related terms

work be waiter

5
[ noun ] time during which some action is awaited

Examples

"instant replay caused too long a delay" "he ordered a hold in the action"

Used in print

(James Boylan, "Mutinity"...)

The subsequent two-weeks wait made the crew quarrelsome .

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[ noun ] the act of waiting (remaining inactive in one place while expecting something)

Synonyms

waiting

Examples

"the wait was an ordeal for him"

Used in print

(Gerald Green, The Heartless Light....)

He would lay in wait in the garage , and when the terrier came scratching around , he 'd let_fly with a cherry_bomb .

Related terms

inactivity

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[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 10691
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