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1wait/ˈweɪt/verb
waitswaitedwaiting
1wait
/ˈweɪt/
verb
waitswaitedwaiting
Learner's definition of WAIT  
[no object]  : to stay in a place until an expected event happens, until someone arrives, until it is your turn to do something, etc. — often followed by to + verb — often + for
: to not do something until something else happens
[no object]
— often + until
[+ object]
[no object] 
: to remain in a state in which you expect or hope that something will happen soon
   b  : to remain in a state in which you expect to learn or find out something soon
[no object]  : to be done or dealt with at a later time
[no object]  : to be in a place ready to be dealt with, taken, etc. — always used as (be) waiting — often + for

accident waiting to happen

— see accident

can't wait

orcan hardly wait
◊ If you can't wait or can hardly wait, you are very excited about doing something or eager for something to happen or begin.

hurry up and wait

— see 1hurry

wait a minute/moment/second

— used to tell someone to stop and wait briefly
— used to interrupt someone or something because you have noticed, thought of, or remembered something

wait at table

British, formal
: to serve food or drinks as a waiter or waitress

wait for it

chiefly British, informal
— used to emphasize that the following statement is foolish, surprising, funny, etc.

wait in

[phrasal verb]British
: to stay at home and wait for someone or something to arrive

wait on

[phrasal verb]alsowait upon
wait on/upon (someone) 
: to serve food or drinks as a waiter or waitress to (someone)
   b  : to provide service to (a customer) : to help (a customer) make purchases
   c  : to act as a servant to (someone)
wait on/upon (someone or something)chiefly US  : to wait for (someone or something) to arrive or happen

wait out

[phrasal verb]
wait (something) out or wait out (something) 
: to stay in one place until the end of (something)

wait tables

US
: to serve food or drinks as a waiter or waitress

wait until/till

— used to emphasize that a future event is going to be very surprising, important, etc.

wait up

[phrasal verb]
: to delay going to bed while you wait for someone to arrive
chiefly US, informal  : to stop moving forward so that someone who is behind you can join you

what are you waiting for?

— used to say that someone should do something immediately
2wait/ˈweɪt/noun
pluralwaits
2wait
/ˈweɪt/
noun
pluralwaits
Learner's definition of WAIT  
[count]
: a period of time when you must wait — usually singular

lie in wait

: to hide and wait for the right moment to make an attack — sometimes used figuratively
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