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Synonyms of wait in English:


  • 1 Jill waited while Jack fetched the water
    stay (put), remain, rest, stop, halt, pause;
    linger, loiter, dally
    informal stick around, hang out, hang around, kill time, waste time, kick one's heels, twiddle one's thumbs
    archaic tarry
  • 2 Joey waited until she nodded
    hold on, hold back, bide one's time, hang fire, mark time, stand by, sit tight, hold one's horses
  • 3 they were waiting for the kettle to boil
    anticipate, look forward, long, pine, yearn, expect, be ready
  • 4 the movie will have to wait
    be postponed, be delayed, be put off, be deferred
    informal be put on the back burner, be put on ice
  • noun

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  • 1 a long wait
    delay, holdup, interval, interlude, intermission, pause, break, stay, cessation, suspension, stoppage, halt, interruption, lull, respite, recess, moratorium, hiatus, gap, rest
  • Phrases

    wait on
    he waits on her as if he were a paid servant
    serve, attend to, tend (to), cater for/to;
    minister to, take care of, look after, see to
    wait up
  • 1.1 she waited up for him every night
    stay awake, stay up, keep vigil
  • 2.1 hey, wait up!
    stop, slow down, hold on, wait for me
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