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Pronunciation: /weɪt/

Translation of wait in Spanish:

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • 1 1.1 esperar I waited (for) hours estuve horas esperando, esperé horas I'll wait until tomorrow esperaré hasta mañana wait until he asks you espera (a) que él te pregunte he kept me waiting all afternoon me tuvo toda la tarde esperando, me hizo esperar toda la tarde sorry to keep you waiting perdón por hacerlo esperar he loves to keep people waiting le encanta hacerse esperar just you wait! ¡ya vas a ver! to wait and see we'll have to wait and see habrá que esperar a ver qué pasa I'll win: just you wait and see voy a ganar, ya (lo) verás I can't wait to go on vacation no veo la hora de irme de vacaciones I can't wait to see his face me muero de ganas de ver la cara que pone shoe repairs while you wait se arregla calzado en el actoto wait to + infinitive/infinitivo she's waiting to see the doctor está esperando para ver al médico I'm waiting to see his reaction estoy esperando a ver cómo reacciona to wait for sth/sb esperar algo/a algn I'm waiting for a bus/friend estoy esperando el autobús/a un amigo I'll wait for you at the station te espero en la estación well, what are you waiting for? ¿(a) qué esperas?, ¿(a) qué estás esperando? to wait for sb/sth to + infinitive/infinitivo esperar (a) que algn/algo + subjunctive/subjuntivo they're just waiting for him to die están esperando (a) que se muerato wait on sth/sb (to + infinitive/infinitivo) I'm waiting on a call from New York estoy esperando una llamada de Nueva York I'm just waiting on my boss to retire estoy esperando (a) que se jubile mi jefe 1.2 (be postponed) [business/repairs] esperar is it urgent, or can it wait? ¿es urgente o puede esperar?
  • 2 (serve) to wait on sb atender* a algn to wait on a table atender* una mesa to wait at table (British English/inglés británico) servir* a la mesa hand 1 2
    Example sentences
    • Seneca ridiculed a wealthy man because he kept a handsome slave who was dressed like a woman when he waited at table.
    • He was one of the footmen who waited at table.
    • If the truth be known, waiting tables was my only income.

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 (await) to wait one's chance esperar la oportunidad I'm waiting my chance to get my own back estoy esperando la oportunidad de desquitarme you have to wait your turn tienes que esperar (a) que te toque
  • 2 (delay) [colloquial/familiar] don't wait dinner for me no me esperen para cenar
    Example sentences
    • Signing Dillon to a long-term deal is a priority, but it will wait until the off season.
    • Postpone those decisions that can wait until you feel more able to deal with them.
    • Subtitled ‘another side of Cirque du Soleil,’ this one'll have to wait till the kids are in bed.
    Example sentences
    • He'd kept everything warm in the oven for her and Ashton agreed to wait dinner on her as he wasn't hungry.
  • 3 (serve) to wait table (American English/inglés norteamericano) servir* a la mesa


  • (no plural/sin plural) espera (feminine) a two-hour wait una espera de dos horas we're in for a long wait vamos a tener que esperar un buen rato, tenemos para rato [colloquial/familiar] to lie in wait for sb/sth estar* al acecho de algn/algo

Phrasal verbs

wait about

wait around verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio
to wait about/around for sth/sb esperar algo/a algn sin hacer nada

wait behind

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio
to wait behind (for sb) esperar (a algn)

wait in

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio
(not go out) (British English/inglés británico) quedarse en casa to wait in for sb quedarse en casa esperando a algn

wait out

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
1.1 (await ending of) to wait out a crisis/storm esperar hasta que pase una crisis/tormenta 1.2 (exceed in endurance) (American English/inglés norteamericano) we'll just wait them out simplemente esperaremos hasta que se den por vencidos

wait up

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio
1.1 (not go to bed) to wait up (for sb) esperar (a algn) levantado I waited up for you until two o'clock te esperé levantado hasta las dos 1.2 (pause) (American English/inglés norteamericano) [colloquial/familiar] (usually in imperative/generalmente en imperativo) wait up! ¡(espera) un momento!

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