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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Example sentences from the Web for wait
Virginia health officials said Wednesday that the state has abundant testing resources and that wait times have not been long, except at some large community testing events.As holidays approach, wait times rise for coronavirus tests amid record spike in cases|Meagan Flynn, Michael Brice-Saddler, Julie Zauzmer, Rachel Chason|November 18, 2020|Washington Post
Modeling also shows how frequent, repeated antigen testing may be better at preventing outbreaks than highly sensitive PCR tests, if those tests are used infrequently and require long wait times for results.Rapid Testing Is Less Accurate Than the Government Wants to Admit|by Lisa Song|November 16, 2020|ProPublica
The latest version of macOS is here, after a seemingly endless wait.
The memory of the 2019 tournament, even if the coronavirus pandemic has caused this to be the longest wait between Masters ever, isn’t distant.At the Masters, Tiger Woods walks in two worlds: Yarn-spinning legend and defending champ|Barry Svrluga|November 11, 2020|Washington Post
For many voters stuck at home during the pandemic, the wait feels like a wrong turn into purgatory.As Election Day drags into Election Week, the waiting is the hardest part|Marc Fisher|November 5, 2020|Washington Post
By James Joiner Thea Shaheen had waited her whole life for the body she was supposed to be in.Six Must-Read Stories About Gay Mormon Husbands and Iranian Drug Wars|The Daily Beast|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
As we waited for my plane to come in, we stayed silent for a long time.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Thea Shaheen had waited her whole life for the body she was supposed to be in.The Insurance Company Promised a Gender Reassignment. Then They Made a Mistake.|James Joiner|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
After the last magnet was retrieved, she assumed slave posture and waited for Couple to unclasp the clamps.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau|Ian Frisch|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Time was suspended as the world watched and waited for news about the young, brave girl from the Swat Valley.Promoting Girls’ Education Isn’t Enough: Malala Can Do More|Paula Kweskin|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The empress had not waited for this serious reverse to claim from France the promised aid.A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times|Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
I don't know how long I waited—perhaps another hour—when I thought I would try again.The Sign of Silence|William Le Queux
And with a very plaintive sigh Osra looked at the rapid-running river, as she waited for the answer.
His mouth hung open in indication of the turmoil in his wits as he waited for her reply.Making People Happy|Thompson Buchanan
The clergyman was lodged in a small cell spread with carpets and cushions, and he was waited upon by the monks.Far Off|Favell Lee Mortimer
British Dictionary definitions for wait
Word Origin for wait
Idioms and Phrases with wait
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