Synonyms of wait in English:



  • 1 they waited in the airport for two hours
    stay, remain, rest, linger, loiter, dally, stop, stay put
    archaic bide, tarry
    [Antonyms] leave
  • 2 she had to wait until her passport came through
    stand by, hold back, be patient, bide one's time, hang fire, mark time, kill time, waste time, cool one's heels, kick one's heels, twiddle one's thumbs; pause, stop, cease, halt, discontinue, rest
    informal hold on, hang around, sit tight, hold one's horses, sweat it out
    British informal hang about
  • 3 they were waiting for the kettle to boil
    await, look/watch out; anticipate, expect, be ready, be in readiness; long for, hope for, count the days until
  • 4 it will have to wait until we've got some money
    be postponed, be delayed, be put off, be held back, be deferred
    informal be put on the back burner, be put on ice
  • 5 informal we've waited dinner for forty minutes
    delay, postpone, put off, hold off, hold back, defer
  • Phrases

    wait on

    the men ate in silence, waited on by the two girlsserveattend totendcater for/toact as a waitress/waiter toaccommodateminister totake care oflook aftersee tosuccourpander to

    wait up

    I'll be back late—don't wait up for mestay awakestay upkeep vigil


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  • we resigned ourselves to a long wait
    delay, hold-up, period of waiting, interval, interlude, intermission, pause, break, stay, cessation, suspension, detention, check, stoppage, halt, interruption, lull, respite, recess, postponement, discontinuation, moratorium, hiatus, gap, lapse, rest, entr'acte
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    Word of the day hypnopompic
    Pronunciation: ˌhɪpnə(ʊ)ˈpɒmpɪk
    relating to the state immediately preceding waking up