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British English: /weɪt/
American English: /weɪt/

Translation of wait in German:

intransitive verb

  • 1 wait [for] an hour
    eine Stunde warten
    wait a moment
    Moment mal
    keep somebody waiting, make somebody wait
    jemanden warten lassen
    how long have you been waiting?
    wie lange wartest du schon?
    wait to see something happen
    darauf warten, dass etwas passiert
    ‘repairs [done]/keys cut while you wait’
    she waited to see what would happen if …
    sie wollte abwarten, was passiert, wenn …
    something is still waiting to be done
    etwas muss noch gemacht werden
    wait and see [just] wait and see!
    warte doch ab!
    something can/can't or won't wait
    etwas kann/kann nicht warten
    this bill can't wait
    diese Rechnung muss sofort bezahlt werden
    I can't wait to do something
    (am eager)
    ich kann es kaum erwarten, etwas zu tun
    I can hardly wait
    (literal or ironic)
    ich kann es kaum erwarten
    I can't wait
    (for lavatory)
    es ist dringend
    [just] you wait!
    warte mal ab!
    (as threat)
    warte nur!

transitive verb

  • 2 (delay) See examples:wait lunch/supper [for somebody]
    mit dem Mittag-/Abendessen [auf jemanden] warten


  • 1 (act, time) See examples:after a long/short wait
    nach langer/kurzer Wartezeit
    there is quite a wait for appointments
    auf einen Termin muss man ziemlich lange warten
    have a long/short wait for something
    lange/nicht lange auf etwas Akk. warten müssen
  • 2 (watching for enemy) See examples:lie in wait
    im Hinterhalt liegen
    lie in wait for somebody/something
    jemandem/einer Sache auflauern
  • 3in pl. (British English)
    (carol singers)

Phrasal verbs

wait about

wait around
intransitive verb

wait behind

intransitive verb
noch hier-/dableiben
wait behind for somebody
auf jemanden warten

wait for

transitive verb
warten auf
+ Akk.
wait for the rain to stop we'll wait for a fine day
wir warten einen schönen Tag ab
I can hardly wait for the day when …
ich kann den Tag kaum erwarten, an dem …
it was worth waiting for
es hat sich gelohnt, darauf zu warten
wait for it!
(to create suspense before saying something surprising)

wait in

intransitive verb
zu Hause warten
for auf + Akk.

wait on

transitive verb 1
warten auf
+ Akk.

wait out

transitive verb wait out a storm etc.

wait up

intransitive verb
for wegen

Definition of wait in:

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