- to anticipate eagerly
- to wait so as to catch after planning an ambush or trap (for)
- 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 remain inactive during the course of
- to serve food as a waiter or servant to people at a table
Other Word Forms of Wait
Origin of Wait
From Middle English waiten, wayten, from Old Northern French waiter, waitier (compare French guetter from Old French gaiter, guaitier), from Old Frankish *wahtōn, *wahtjan (“to watch, guard"), derivative of *wahta (“guard, watch"), from Proto-Germanic *wahtwō (“guard, watch"), from Proto-Indo-European *weǵ- (“to be fresh, cheerful, awake"). Cognate with Old High German wahtÄ“n (“to watch, guard"), Dutch wachten (“to wait, expect"), French guetter (“to watch out for"), North Frisian wachtjen (“to stand, stay put"). More at watch.
Middle English waiten from Old North French waitier to watch of Germanic origin weg- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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