Definition of wait in English:
- To get the longest term go for a card deal that waits until the money hits your new account.
- They sat in the large leather armchairs to wait the arrival of the man on whom so much depended.
- I peeked through the window behind my back and saw a young woman waiting in the car.
- 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.
- At the road end our bus was waiting to take us back to Te Anau and the end of a memorable experience.
- It isn't too far from here, and he'll probably have some food waiting when we get there.
- There was a taxi waiting where the aircraft came to a halt so that they could avoid the muddy dirt of the airfield.
- The firm must stop vehicles waiting at the junction of Hill Top Lane and Chorley Old Road by putting yellow lines down.
- The landscaping scheme will link in with a new footpath and cycleway at the back of the Fox and a new bus waiting area on Holgate Road.
- Motorists can wait for free until arriving passengers call to say they are ready to be picked up.
- My head was full of ideas for my new design all day and I couldn't wait to get home and try them out.
- It was my first present from him and I felt so gorgeous in it that I couldn't wait to show it off.
- Some people here couldn't wait to get rid of him, but look at what he has achieved.
- 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.
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- Show up early, because no matter what time you go, there will be an interminable wait.
- Unfortunately, a train has just left the station, and it will be quite a wait for the next one.
- Desperate motorists say they face an hour wait when trying to leave the car park at the end of the day.
- Originally they were mummers, performing traditional plays, and they then became known as waits, who would tour the town every evening before Christmas.
- He wrote music for the London theatres in the early part of the 17th century, and in 1622 joined the waits of the City of London.
- 1in wait
- Watching for an enemy or potential victim and preparing to attack them: he decided to lie in wait for the thiefMore example sentences
- They lay in wait for him on the York ring road, then rammed his car and attacked him with a monkey wrench.
- Lying in wait at so many of these turning points in Henman's career has been Canas.
- Gang members had followed them to the hospital and were lying in wait.
- 2wait and see
- Wait to find out what will happen before doing something: we will have to wait and see what happensMore example sentences
- Well, we have to wait and see in this case if the defense is going to put in for bail.
- As to whether we have a capacity to go any further in future Budgets, you'll have to wait and see.
- However, Sligo must wait and see what the new team for the constituency will deliver.
- 3wait for it
- British informal Do not act before the proper moment: patrol—wait for it—halt!More example sentences
- Thankfully, that gap has now been closed by the arrival this year of the Festival of, wait for it, Politics.
- Scotland's best golfer is no fan of links golf and played very little of it as a youngster brought up in, wait for it, Leeds.
- Oh, and turn up your speakers for - wait for it - the building site sound effects.
- 4you wait
- Used to convey a threat or promise: you wait until your Dad gets in!More example sentences
- Oh that reminds me I also have to brush up on my French, because I'm gonna be fluent by the end of summer, just you wait.
- 1wait on (or upon)
- Where once convicts were forced to hop around the exercise yard in the blazing sun, they now sunbathe in deckchairs, waited on by the guards.
- I had to help with the preparations, taking time out from the demanding task of waiting on His Grace to assist with everything from cooking to candle making.
- Palmerin is taken to Constantinople and appointed to wait on his cousin Polinarda, with whom he falls in love; while Floriano is taken to London and appointed to wait on Flerida.
- The latter is very unpopular, & a deputation of ministers waited upon C, asking that he should be removed as he was not playing the game.
- It states that any deputation waiting on a Minister or member after a demonstration is limited to six.
- Cancer patients recovering in hospital will no longer have to wait on the postman for their get well soon cards.
- The rest of the group sat and waited on her patiently.
- The problem is that we're waiting on the justice system.
- She had decided to wait on telling Fredi until the perfect moment, so she had to pretend as if nothing were wrong.
- We'll wait on the beets until the next crop comes in with fresh tops.
- Also, sex is something that one should wait on until you are ready.
- 2wait up
- Manager Don Givens waited up until 4am for the player to return to HQ, at which point he gave up and went to bed.
- Thousands of Swindon youngsters will be eagerly waiting up for Santa to drop down the chimney tonight.
- If you're waiting up all night for a husband who comes home after the kids are in bed, you might feel you're missing out.
- I sassed when he caught up with me as I didn't wait up for him like he asked me too.
- We rode towards Baker Lake, but before reaching the lake stopped to wait up for Michael and Cathy.
- Katrina stared open-mouthed and then after a moment of hesitation, she followed Ashley, shouting for her to wait up.
Middle English: from Old Northern French waitier, of Germanic origin; related to wake1. Early senses included 'lie in wait (for'), 'observe carefully', and 'be watchful'.
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