Adjective "wait" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Stay where one is or delay action until a particular time or event.
  1. 'we're waiting for Allan to get back'
  2. with infinitive 'Ben stood on the street corner waiting to cross'
  3. 'However, I am wondering what harm could it have done to wait another week until we got it right?'
  4. 'But you don't need to wait for these events to happen before taking action.'
  5. 'I peeked through the window behind my back and saw a young woman waiting in the car.'
  6. 'Hundreds of couples wait in a line circling the block of San Francisco's City Hall.'
  7. 'On the rare occasion a car approaches the bridge when we are crossing, the drivers usually stop and wait for us to cross.'
  8. 'More than 3,000 Australian workers and their families are waiting on today's announcement about the car maker's future.'
  9. 'They sat in the large leather armchairs to wait the arrival of the man on whom so much depended.'
  10. 'So I waited a few days until temptation got the better of me and I rang the number.'
  11. 'Maybe your parents are right about waiting a few more years until you decide.'
  12. 'We have got another three people waiting to be dealt with by the courts.'
  13. 'he sits on the corner waiting for Mary'
  14. 'we shall need a statement later, but that will have to wait'
  15. 'Signing Dillon to a long-term deal is a priority, but it will wait until the off season.'
  16. 'Subtitled ‘another side of Cirque du Soleil,’ this one'll have to wait till the kids are in bed.'
  17. 'He'd kept everything warm in the oven for her and Ashton agreed to wait dinner on her as he wasn't hungry.'
  18. 'The Alyeraen ships, especially the royal vessels never waited at the main docks.'
  19. 'With a last look over his shoulder, he started pulling her towards the back of the ship where the raft waited.'
  20. 'It isn't too far from here, and he'll probably have some food waiting when we get there.'
  21. 'Drivers were being questioned, then told to pull off the road, to where a line of army vehicles waited.'
  22. 'Around the corner, in a narrow, cobbled lane that runs alongside the synagogue, an old Iveco tanker truck is waiting.'
  23. 'One announcement said passengers should use an alternative bus service - but at one stage no bus was waiting.'
  24. 'The whole incident was caught on CCTV cameras on a bus waiting nearby at Hounslow bus garage.'
  25. '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.'
  26. 'Motorists can wait for free until arriving passengers call to say they are ready to be picked up.'
  27. 'The parents who think Deangate is a private car park, for example, despite the double yellow lines and no waiting notices.'
Used to indicate that one is eagerly impatient to do something or for something to happen.
  1. 'He admits he dreaded weekends and couldn't wait to get back to work.'
  2. 'With potatoes, carrots and peas and a tasty seasoned gravy, I couldn't wait to tuck in.'
  3. 'I made many good friends at work and had always enjoyed my time there, but by the time it was over I couldn't wait to see the back of the place.'
  4. 'If you can't wait till then check out their new Video/DVD on the EMI label, it's in the shops now.'
  5. 'By the time I reached home every item of clothing I was wearing was nasty and I couldn't wait to strip off.'
  6. 'It used to be that you couldn't wait to turn 18 so you could go to the Republik.'
  7. 'It was my first present from him and I felt so gorgeous in it that I couldn't wait to show it off.'
  8. 'One minute I would be terribly home sick and the next I couldn't wait to get into central London.'
  9. 'I can't wait till Christmas morning and we can set it up together.'
  10. 'Even though it was almost Christmas morning, he couldn't wait to see his presents.'
Act as a waiter or waitress, serving food and drink.
  1. with object 'we had to wait tables in the mess hall'
  2. 'Testino arrived from Lima, in Peru, almost thirty years ago, with nothing to his name and ended up waiting tables to pay his way.'
  3. 'The greatest of celebrity musicians will do fine under any system, while those who are currently waiting on tables or driving a cab to support themselves have nothing to lose.'
  4. 'If the truth be known, waiting tables was my only income.'
  5. 'No free training and advice, no house, clothes and media spotlight, just singing, acting, shooting or writing between waiting on tables and scrubbing floors.'
  6. 'He then worked as an electronic appliance technician before switching to blue-collar jobs such as waiting on restaurant tables and selling audio equipment.'
  7. 'Seneca ridiculed a wealthy man because he kept a handsome slave who was dressed like a woman when he waited at table.'
  8. 'The role involves mainly waiting tables, but occasionally also working behind the bar.'


A period of waiting.
  1. 'The announcement ends a long wait for a permanent successor to Dean Robinson, who left the club in March.'
  2. 'With only two lifts operational at any one time and 12 floors to service the wait intervals drove many to the stairs.'
  3. 'Show up early, because no matter what time you go, there will be an interminable wait.'
  4. 'Rowena knew what this involved: a wait of several hours in a small and sometimes crowded waiting room.'
  5. 'The wait seemed interminable, and slowly she nodded off to sleep.'
  6. 'Meanwhile passengers have faced waits of up to 6 hours between check-in and departure.'
  7. 'Unfortunately, a train has just left the station, and it will be quite a wait for the next one.'
  8. 'Meanwhile, local families with loved ones on holiday in southern Asia face an anxious wait for news.'
  9. 'Desperate motorists say they face an hour wait when trying to leave the car park at the end of the day.'
  10. 'Travellers to North America face a further wait as US airspace remained closed this evening.'
Street singers of Christmas carols.
  1. '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.'

More definitions

1. to remain inactive or in a state of repose, as until something expected happens (often followed by for, till, or until): to wait for the bus to arrive.

2. (of things) to be available or in readiness: A letter is waiting for you.

3. to remain neglected for a time: a matter that can wait.

4. to postpone or delay something or to be postponed or delayed: We waited a week and then bought the house. Your vacation will have to wait until next month.

5. to

More examples(as adjective)

"authorities can be wait for signals."

"authorities can be wait for policies."

"people can be wait until dates."

"buyers can be wait in prices."

"buyers can be wait for breaks."

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Middle English: from Old Northern French waitier, of Germanic origin; related to wake. Early senses included ‘lie in wait (for’), ‘observe carefully’, and ‘be watchful’.


wait on (or upon)
wait up