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Definitions of wait

  1. To stay in expectation: to stay proceedings in expectation; to rest in patient expectation; to stay; to continue by reason of hindrance; to lie in ambush. To wait on or upon, to attend, as a servant; to attend upon; to pay servile attendance; to follow. To wait at, to perform service at. To wait for, to watch, as an enemy. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To stay for; to rest or remain stationary in expectation of; to await; as, to wait orders. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To attend as a consequence; to follow upon; to accompany; to await. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To attend on; to accompany; especially, to attend with ceremony or respect. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To cause to wait; to defer; to postpone; - said of a meal; as, to wait dinner. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To expect or tarry for; to delay; as, to wait dinner. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. To stay for: to await. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. To stay for; await. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  9. To stay in expectation; remain. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. To watch; to observe; to take notice. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. To stay or rest in expectation; to stop or remain stationary till the arrival of some person or event; to rest in patience; to stay; not to depart. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. The act of waiting; a delay; a halt. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. Ambush. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. One who watches; a watchman. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. Hautboys, or oboes, played by town musicians; not used in the singular. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. Musicians who sing or play at night or in the early morning, especially at Christmas time; serenaders; musical watchmen. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. To linger or tarry; to remain; to stay in a condition of watching or expecting: with for; as, we waited for her for an hour; to attend or serve; as, to wait upon a table. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  18. To stay in expectation: to remain: to attend (with on): to follow: to lie in ambush. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  19. wait before acting Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  20. stay in one place and anticipate or expect something; "I had to wait on line for an hour to get the tickets" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  21. wait on tables; serve as a waiter; in restaurants"I'm waiting on tables at Maxim's" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  22. To rest in expectation. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  23. To stand in readiness. To be or act as a waiter. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  24. To stay for, or remain stationary in expectation of the arrival of; to attend; to accompany with submission. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  25. To be on the look-out for; to expect; to remain until something happens; to remain quiet; to attend; to lie in ambush. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  26. time during which some action is awaited; "instant replay caused too long a delay"; "he ordered a hold in the action" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  27. serve as a waiter in a restaurant; "I'm waiting on tables at Maxim's" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  28. The act of staying, or the length of time during which one stays, in expectation; delay. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  29. The act of waiting for something or somebody: as, after a long wait we were admitted: the act of waiting in concealment for the purpose of attacking; ambush; a kind of old night watchman: one of a band of musicians in the pay of a town corporation whose duties were at first to pipe or sound the hours and guard the streets, but subsequently to act merely as town's minstrels or musicians; "For as the custom prevails at present there is scarce a young man of any fashion in a corporation that does not make love with the town music; the waits often help him through his courtship."-Steele: at present, one of a band of musicians who promenade the streets during the night and early morning about Christmas or New-year time, performing music appropriate to the season: an old musical instrument of the hautboy or shawm kind; the name of the instrument may be from the waits, who chiefly performed on it. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  30. Ambush; the act of waiting. To lie in wait, to lie in ambush. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

Usage examples for wait

  1. Had we not better wait a little, mamma? – Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope
  2. Then- then wait for me! – The Passionate Friends by Herbert George Wells
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