English dictionary

Hint: Click 'Bookmark' to add this page to your favorites.

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.


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.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)work

Based on WordNet 3.0 copyright © Princeton University.
Web design: Orcapia v/Per Bang. English edition: .
2020 onlineordbog.dk