- To wait is defined as to stay or remain in one place until something happens.
- An example of to wait is standing in line for movie theater tickets.
- An example of to wait is expecting dinner guests to show up at your house who don't show until dessert.
Children wait to get on the bus.
wait definition by Webster's New World
- to stay in a place or remain in readiness or in anticipation (until something expected happens or for someone to arrive or catch up)
- to be ready or at hand: dinner was waiting for them
- to remain temporarily undone or neglected: let that job wait
- to serve food at a meal: with at or on: to wait at table, to wait on a person
Origin: Middle English waiten ; from Norman French waitier ; from Frankish an unverified form wahten, to guard, akin to Old High German wahta, a guard, watch: for Indo-European base see wake
- to be, remain, or delay in expectation or anticipation of; await: to wait orders, to wait one's turn
- Informal to delay serving (a meal) as in waiting for someone: to wait dinner
- Obsolete to attend upon or escort, esp. as a token of respect or honor
- Obsolete to attend as a consequence
- the act or fact of waiting
- a period of waiting: a four-hour wait
- in England,
- any of a group of singers and musicians who go through the streets at Christmastime performing songs and carols for small gifts of money
- any tune so performed
- Obsolete a member of a band of musicians formerly employed by a city or town in England to play at entertainments
- Obsolete a watchman
wait definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb wait·ed, wait·ing, waits verb, intransitive
- a. To remain or rest in expectation: waiting for the guests to arrive. See Synonyms at stay1.b. To tarry until another catches up.
- To remain or be in readiness: lunch waiting on the table.
- To remain temporarily neglected, unattended to, or postponed: The trip will have to wait.
- To work as a waiter or waitress.
- To remain or stay in expectation of; await: wait one's turn.
- Informal To delay (a meal or an event); postpone: They waited lunch for us.
- To be a waiter or waitress at: wait tables.
- The act of waiting or the time spent waiting.
- Chiefly British a. One of a group of musicians employed, usually by a city, to play in parades or public ceremonies.b. One of a group of musicians or carolers who perform in the streets at Christmastime.
Origin: Middle English waiten, from Old North French waitier, to watch, of Germanic origin; see weg- in Indo-European roots.
wait - Phrases/Idioms
lie in wait (for)
wait onor wait upon
- to act as a servant to
- to call on or visit (esp. a superior) in order to pay one's respects, ask a favor, etc.
- to result from; be a consequence of
- to supply the needs or requirements of (a person at table, a customer in a store, etc.), as a waiter, clerk, etc.
- Informal, Dialectal to wait for; await
- to put off going to bed until someone expected arrives or something expected happens
- Informal to stop and wait for someone to catch up