wait

v. & n.
—v.
1 intr. a defer action or departure for a specified time or until some expected event occurs (wait a minute; wait till I come; wait for a fine day). b be expectant or on the watch (waited to see what would happen). c (foll. by for) refrain from going so fast that (a person) is left behind (wait for me!).
2 tr. await (an opportunity, one's turn, etc.).
3 tr. defer (a meal etc.) until a person's arrival.
4 intr. (usu. as waiting n.) park a vehicle for a short time at the side of a road etc. (no waiting).
5 intr. a (in full wait at or US on table) act as a waiter or as a servant with similar functions. b act as an attendant.
6 intr. (foll. by on, upon) a await the convenience of. b serve as an attendant to. c pay a respectful visit to.
—n.
1 a period of waiting (had a long wait for the train).
2 (usu. foll. by for) watching for an enemy; ambush (lie in wait; lay wait).
3 (in pl.) Brit. a archaic street singers of Christmas carols. b hist. official bands of musicians maintained by a city or town.
Phrases and idioms:
cannot wait 1 is impatient.
2 needs to be dealt with immediately. can wait need not be dealt with immediately. wait-a-bit a plant with hooked thorns etc. that catch the clothing. wait and see await the progress of events.
wait for it! colloq.
1 do not begin before the proper moment.
2 used to create an interval of suspense before saying something unexpected or amusing. wait on Austral., NZ, & N.Engl. be patient, wait. wait up (often foll. by for) not go to bed until a person arrives or an event happens. you wait! used to imply a threat, warning, or promise.
Etymology: ME f. ONF waitier f. Gmc, rel. to WAKE(1)

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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