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English noun: wait

1. wait (time) time during which some action is awaited


SamplesInstant replay caused too long a delay.
He ordered a hold in the action.


Synonymsdelay, hold, postponement, time lag


Broader (hypernym)break, intermission, interruption, pause, suspension


Narrower (hyponym)extension, moratorium, retardation

2. wait (act) the act of waiting (remaining inactive in one place while expecting something)


SamplesThe wait was an ordeal for him.


Synonymswaiting


Broader (hypernym)inactivity


English verb: wait

1. wait (stative) stay in one place and anticipate or expect something


SamplesI had to wait on line for an hour to get the tickets.


ExamplesThey wait a long time


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP


Narrower (hyponym)ambuscade, ambush, bushwhack, cool one's heels, kick one's heels, lie in wait, lurk, scupper, stand by, stick about, stick around, waylay

2. wait (stative) wait before acting


SamplesThe scientists held off announcing their results until they repeated the experiment.


ExamplesThey wait to move


Synonymshold back, hold off


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s VERB-ing


Broader (hypernym)act, move


Narrower (hyponym)delay, hold out

3. wait (cognition) look forward to the probable occurrence of


SamplesWe were expecting a visit from our relatives.
She is looking to a promotion.
He is waiting to be drafted.


Synonymsawait, expect, look


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE.
Somebody ----s VERB-ing


Narrower (hyponym)anticipate, expect, hang on, hold on, hold the line, look for, look forward, look to, look to


Verb groupanticipate, expect

4. wait (social) serve as a waiter or waitress in a restaurant


SamplesI'm waiting on tables at Maxim's.


Synonymswaitress


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)work









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