verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- the time between two acts, scenes, or the like.
- stage wait.
- waits, (formerly) a band of musicians employed by a city or town to play music in parades, for official functions, etc.
- a street musician, especially a singer.
- one of a band of carolers.
- a piece sung by carolers, especially a Christmas carol.
- to perform the duties of an attendant or servant for.
- to supply the wants of a person, as serving a meal or serving a customer in a store.
- to call upon or visit (a person, especially a superior): to wait on Her Majesty at the palace.
- Falconry. (of a hawk) to soar over ground until prey appears.
- Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. to wait for (a person); await.
- Also wait upon. to await (an event).
- to postpone going to bed to await someone's arrival.
- Informal. to halt and wait for another to join one, as in running or walking: Wait up, I can't walk so fast.
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Idioms for wait
Origin of wait
SYNONYMS FOR wait
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usage note for wait
British Dictionary definitions for lie in wait
Word Origin for wait
Idioms and Phrases with lie in wait (1 of 2)
Remain hidden while preparing to attack, as in The opposition was quietly lying in wait for the incumbent to make his first big mistake. This expression originally alluded to physical attacks and is now often used figuratively. [Mid-1400s] Also see lay for.
Idioms and Phrases with lie in wait (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with wait
- wait a minute
- wait and see
- wait at table
- wait for the other shoe to drop
- waiting game
- waiting in the wings
- wait on
- wait on hand and foot
- wait out
- wait up
- can't wait
- hurry up and wait
- in waiting
- lie in wait
- play a waiting game