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wait US English

Stay where one is or delay action until a particular time or until something else happens

wait US Thesaurus

Jill waited while Jack fetched the water

just a minute US English

Used as a request to delay an action, departure, or decision for a short time, usually to allow the speaker to do something

wait on US English

Act as an attendant to (someone)

wait up US English

Not go to bed until someone arrives or something happens

you wait US English

Used to convey a threat, warning, or promise

wait list US English

another term for waiting list.

wait state US English

The condition of computer software or hardware being unable to process further instructions while waiting for some event such as the completion of a data transfer

wait-a-bit US English

An African bush with hooked thorns that catch the clothing, in particular an acacia

lie in wait US English

Conceal oneself, waiting to surprise, attack, or catch someone

wait and see US English

Wait to find out what will happen before doing or deciding something

while-you-wait US English

(Of a service) performed immediately

wait for in wait US English

Stay where one is or delay action until (someone) arrives or is ready

cannot wait in wait US English

Used to indicate that one is eagerly impatient to do something or for something to happen

wait on in wait US English

Act as an attendant to (someone)

wait up in wait US English

Not go to bed until someone arrives or something happens

you wait in wait US English

Used to convey a threat, warning, or promise

wait on someone hand and foot US English

Attend to all someone’s needs or requests, especially when this is regarded as unreasonable

wait for the other shoe to drop US English

Be prepared for a further or consequential event or complication to occur

time and tide wait for no man US English

If you don’t make use of a favorable opportunity, you may never get the same chance again

in the wings US English

Ready to do something or to be used at the appropriate time

lie in wait in lie1 US English

Conceal oneself, waiting to surprise, attack, or catch someone

just a minute in minute1 US English

Used as a request to delay an action, departure, or decision for a short time, usually to allow the speaker to do something

wait and see in wait US English

Wait to find out what will happen before doing or deciding something

waitperson US English

A waiter or waitress (used as a neutral alternative)

waitstaff US English

Waiters and waitresses collectively

wait on in wait US Thesaurus

he waits on her as if he were a paid servant

wait up in wait US Thesaurus

she waited up for him every night

in the wings in wing US English

Ready to do something or to be used at the appropriate time

wait-a-bit thorn in wait-a-bit US English

An African bush with hooked thorns that catch the clothing, in particular an acacia

wait a minute in minute1 US Thesaurus

if you'll just wait a minute, I'm sure we can get to the bottom of this

wait on someone hand and foot in hand US English

Attend to all someone’s needs or requests, especially when this is regarded as unreasonable

time and tide wait for no man in time US English

If you don’t make use of a favorable opportunity, you may never get the same chance again

wait for the other shoe to drop in shoe US English

Be prepared for a further or consequential event or complication to occur


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