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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
wait (verb)
transitive verb
1.
to stay in place in expectation of - await waited the result of the advertisement W. M. Thackeray wait your turn
2.
to delay serving (a meal)
3.
intransitive verb
to serve as for - waiter wait tables
1.
a) to remain stationary in readiness or expectation - wait for a train
b) to pause for another to catch up - usually used with up
2.
a) to look forward expectantly - just waiting to see his rival lose
b) to hold back expectantly - waiting for a chance to strike
3.
to serve at meals - usually used in such phrases as wait on tables or wait on table
4.
a) to be ready and available - slippers waiting by the bed
b) to remain temporarily neglected or unrealized - the chores can wait
wait (noun)
1.
a) a hidden or concealed position - used chiefly in the expression lie in wait
b) a state or attitude of watchfulness and expectancy - anchored in wait for early morning fishing Fred Zimmer
2.
a) one of a band of public musicians in England employed to play for processions or public entertainments
b) (1) one of a group who serenade for gratuities especially at the Christmas season
(2) a piece of music by such a group
3.
an act or period of - waiting a long wait in line
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
wait (noun)
an instance or period of being prevented from going about one's business
SYNONIMS:
detainment, detention, holdback, holding pattern, holdup, wait
RELATED WORDS:
deferment, deferral, postponement; reprieve, respite; foot-dragging, hesitation, lag, pause, setback, slowdown
NEAR ANTONYMS:
haste, rush; dispatch, promptitude, promptness
wait (verb)
to remain in place in readiness or expectation of something
SYNONIMS:
await, bide, hold on, stay
RELATED WORDS:
hang around, linger, remain, stick around, tarry; stand by; anticipate, expect, watch (for)
bide one's time, cool one's heels, hold one's breath, sit tight
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