Definition of wait up in English:

wait up

  • 1Not go to bed until someone arrives or something happens.
    More example sentences
    • Manager Don Givens waited up until 4am for the player to return to HQ, at which point he gave up and went to bed.
    • Thousands of Swindon youngsters will be eagerly waiting up for Santa to drop down the chimney tonight.
    • If you're waiting up all night for a husband who comes home after the kids are in bed, you might feel you're missing out.
    Synonyms
    stay awake, stay up, keep vigil
  • 2North American Go more slowly or stop until someone catches up.
    More example sentences
    • I sassed when he caught up with me as I didn't wait up for him like he asked me too.
    • We rode towards Baker Lake, but before reaching the lake stopped to wait up for Michael and Cathy.
    • Katrina stared open-mouthed and then after a moment of hesitation, she followed Ashley, shouting for her to wait up.
    Synonyms
    stop, slow down, hold on, wait for me
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