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

Translation of wait in Spanish:

intransitive verb

  • 1 1.1 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 just you wait!
    ¡ya vas a ver!
    to wait and seewe'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 acto
    to wait to + infinitiveshe'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 something/somebody
    esperar algo/a alguien
    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 somebody/something to + infinitive
    esperar (a) que alguien/algo + subjunctive
    they're just waiting for him to die
    están esperando (a) que se muera
    to wait on something/somebody (to + infinitive)I'm waiting on a call from New York I'm just waiting on my boss to retire
    estoy esperando (a) que se jubile mi jefe
    1.2 (be postponed)
    is it urgent, or can it wait?
    ¿es urgente o puede esperar?
    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.
  • 2 (serve)to wait on somebody
    atender a alguien
    to wait on a table
    atender una mesa
    to wait at table (British)
    servir a la mesa
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    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

  • 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]don't wait dinner for me
    no me esperen para cenar
    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 (US)
    servir a la mesa


  • (no plural) 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]
    to lie in wait for somebody/something
    estar al acecho de alguien/algo

Phrasal verbs

wait about

wait around verb + adverb
to wait about/around for something/somebody
esperar algo/a alguien sin hacer nada

wait behind

verb + adverb
to wait behind (for somebody)

wait in

verb + adverb
(not go out) (British)
quedarse en casa
to wait in for somebody
quedarse en casa esperando a alguien

wait out

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
1 (await ending of) to wait out a crisis/storm
esperar hasta que pase una crisis/tormenta
2 (exceed in endurance) (US) we'll just wait them out
simplemente esperaremos hasta que se den por vencidos

wait up

verb + adverb
1 (not go to bed)to wait up (for somebody)
esperar (a alguien) levantado
I waited up for you until two o'clock
te esperé levantado hasta las dos
2 (pause) (US) [colloquial] (usually in imperative) wait up!
¡(espera) un momento!
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