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Meaning of WAIT

Pronunciation:  weyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of waiting (remaining inactive in one place while expecting something); "the wait was an ordeal for him"
  2. [n]  time during which some action is awaited; "instant replay caused too long a delay"; "he ordered a hold in the action"
  3. [v]  look forward to the probable occurrence of; "We were expecting a visit from our relatives"; "She is looking to a promotion"; "he is waiting to be drafted"
  4. [v]  wait before acting
  5. [v]  wait on tables; serve as a waiter; in restaurants"I'm waiting on tables at Maxim's"
  6. [v]  stay in one place and anticipate or expect something; "I had to wait on line for an hour to get the tickets"

WAIT is a 4 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: await, delay, expect, hold, hold back, hold off, look, postponement, time lag, waiting
 See Also: act, ambuscade, ambush, break, bushwhack, delay, extension, hang on, hold on, hold out, hold the line, inactivity, intermission, interruption, kick one's heels, lie in wait, look for, look forward, look to, lurk, moratorium, move, pause, retardation, scupper, stand by, stick about, stick around, suspension, waylay, work



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Wait\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Waited}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Waiting}.] [OE. waiten, OF. waitier, gaitier, to watch,
    attend, F. guetter to watch, to wait for, fr. OHG. wahta a
    guard, watch, G. wacht, from OHG. wahh[=e]n to watch, be
    awake. [root]134. See {Wake}, v. i.]
    1. To watch; to observe; to take notice. [Obs.]
             ``But [unless] ye wait well and be privy, I wot
             right well, I am but dead,'' quoth she. --Chaucer.
    2. To stay or rest in expectation; to stop or remain
       stationary till the arrival of some person or event; to
       rest in patience; to stay; not to depart.
             All the days of my appointed time will I wait, till
             my change come.                       --Job xiv. 14.
             They also serve who only stand and wait. --Milton.
             Haste, my dear father; 't is no time to wait.
    {To wait on} or {upon}.
       (a) To attend, as a servant; to perform services for; as,
           to wait on a gentleman; to wait on the table.
           ``Authority and reason on her wait.'' --Milton. ``I
           must wait on myself, must I?'' --Shak.
       (b) To attend; to go to see; to visit on business or for
       (c) To follow, as a consequence; to await. ``That ruin
           that waits on such a supine temper.'' --Dr. H. More.
       (d) To look watchfully at; to follow with the eye; to
           watch. [R.] ``It is a point of cunning to wait upon
           him with whom you speak with your eye.'' --Bacon.
       (e) To attend to; to perform. ``Aaron and his sons . . .
           shall wait on their priest's office.'' --Num. iii. 10.
       (f) (Falconry) To fly above its master, waiting till game
           is sprung; -- said of a hawk. --Encyc. Brit.
  2. \Wait\, v. t.
    1. To stay for; to rest or remain stationary in expectation
       of; to await; as, to wait orders.
             Awed with these words, in camps they still abide,
             And wait with longing looks their promised guide.
    2. To attend as a consequence; to follow upon; to accompany;
       to await. [Obs.]
    3. To attend on; to accompany; especially, to attend with
       ceremony or respect. [Obs.]
             He chose a thousand horse, the flower of all His
             warlike troops, to wait the funeral.  --Dryden.
             Remorse and heaviness of heart shall wait thee, And
             everlasting anguish be thy portion.   --Rowe.
    4. To cause to wait; to defer; to postpone; -- said of a
       meal; as, to wait dinner. [Colloq.]
  3. \Wait\, n. [OF. waite, guaite, gaite, F. guet watch,
    watching, guard, from OHG. wahta. See {Wait}, v. i.]
    1. The act of waiting; a delay; a halt.
             There is a wait of three hours at the border Mexican
             town of El Paso.                      --S. B.
    2. Ambush. ``An enemy in wait.'' --Milton.
    3. One who watches; a watchman. [Obs.]
    4. pl. Hautboys, or oboes, played by town musicians; not used
       in the singular. [Obs.] --Halliwell.
    5. pl. Musicians who sing or play at night or in the early
       morning, especially at Christmas time; serenaders; musical
       watchmen. [Written formerly {wayghtes}.]
             Hark! are the waits abroad?           --Beau & Fl.
             The sound of the waits, rude as may be their
             minstrelsy, breaks upon the mild watches of a winter
             night with the effect of perfect harmony. --W.
    {To lay wait}, to prepare an ambuscade.
    {To lie in wait}. See under 4th {Lie}.