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.
Words nearby wait
Idioms for wait
Origin of wait
SYNONYMS FOR wait
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH waitwait weight
usage note for wait
British Dictionary definitions for wait on (1 of 2)
verb (intr, preposition)
British Dictionary definitions for wait on (2 of 2)
Word Origin for wait
Idioms and Phrases with wait on (1 of 2)
Also, wait upon. Serve, minister to, especially for personal needs or in a store or restaurant. For example, Guests at the Inn should not expect to be waited on—they can make their own beds and get their own breakfast. [Early 1500s]
Make a formal call on, as in They waited on the ambassador. [c. 1500]
Also, wait upon. Await, remain in readiness for, as in We're waiting on their decision to close the school. This usage, a synonym of wait for, dates from the late 1600s but in the mid-1800s began to be criticized by many authorities. However, by the late 1900s it had come into increasingly wider use and is again largely accepted.
Idioms and Phrases with wait on (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