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verb (intr, adverb)

to delay going to bed in order to await some event
informal, mainly US and Canadian to halt and pause in order that another person may catch up

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wait up

1

Postpone going to bed in anticipation of someone or something, as in My parents always wait up until I get home, no matter how late it is. [Mid-1800s]

2

Stop or pause so that another can catch up, as in Let's wait up for the stragglers, or Don't walk so fast; wait up for me. [Colloquial]

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