v. i.1.
[imp. & p. p. Waited; p. pr. & vb. n. Waiting.]
1.To watch; to observe; to take notice.
"But [unless] ye wait well and be privy,
I wot right well, I am but dead," quoth she.
- Chaucer.
2.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.
All the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.
- Job xiv. 14.
They also serve who only stand and wait.
- Milton.
Haste, my dear father; 't is no time to wait.
- Dryden.
To wait on
a - To attend, as a servant; to perform services for; as, to wait on a gentleman; to wait on the table.
b - To attend; to go to see; to visit on business or for ceremony.
- Milton.
c - To follow, as a consequence; to await.
d - To look watchfully at; to follow with the eye; to watch.
- Dr. H. More.
e - To attend to; to perform.
- Bacon.
f - (Falconry) To fly above its master, waiting till game is sprung; - said of a hawk.
- Num. iii. 10.
v. t.1.To stay for; to rest or remain stationary in expectation of; to await; as, to wait orders.
2.To attend as a consequence; to follow upon; to accompany; to await.
3.To attend on; to accompany; especially, to attend with ceremony or respect.
4.To cause to wait; to defer; to postpone; - said of a meal; as, to wait dinner.
1.The act of waiting; a delay; a halt.
There is a wait of three hours at the border Mexican town of El Paso.
- S. B. Griffin.
3.One who watches; a watchman.
4.Hautboys, or oboes, played by town musicians; not used in the singular.
5.Musicians who sing or play at night or in the early morning, especially at Christmas time; serenaders; musical watchmen.
Hark! are the waits abroad?
- Beau. & Fl.
To lay wait
to prepare an ambuscade.
To lie in wait
See under 4th Lie.
Noun1.wait - time during which some action is awaited; "instant replay caused too long a delay"; "he ordered a hold in the action"
2.wait - the act of waiting (remaining inactive in one place while expecting something); "the wait was an ordeal for him"
Synonyms: waiting
Verb1.wait - stay in one place and anticipate or expect something; "I had to wait on line for an hour to get the tickets"
2.wait - wait before acting
Synonyms: hold off, hold back
3.wait - look forward to the probable occurrence of; "We were expecting a visit from our relatives"; "She is looking to a promotion"; "he is waiting to be drafted"
Synonyms: await, expect, look
4.wait - serve as a waiter in a restaurant; "I'm waiting on tables at Maxim's"
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