1. [ verb ] stay in one place and anticipate or expect something

"I had to wait on line for an hour to get the tickets"

Related terms: ambush stand_by kick_one's_heels waiter
2. [ verb ] wait before acting
Synonyms: hold_back hold_off
Related terms: act delay hold_out delay
3. [ verb ] look forward to the probably occurrence of
Synonyms: expect await look

: "We were expecting a visit from our relatives" "She is looking to a promotion" "he is waiting to be drafted"

Related terms: count_on look_forward look_to anticipate hang_on expect expect waiter
4. [ verb ] (work) wait on tables; serve as a waiter; in restaurants "I'm waiting on tables at Maxim's"
Related terms: work be waiter
5. [ noun ] time during which some action is awaited
Synonyms: delay postponement time_lag hold

"instant replay caused too long a delay" "he ordered a hold in the action"

Related terms: pause extension moratorium retardation delay check
6. [ noun ] the act of waiting (remaining inactive in one place while expecting something)
Synonyms: waiting

"the wait was an ordeal for him"

Related terms: inactivity
7. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 10691
Similar spelling:   Waite