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Sol laughed out of his whiskers, with a big, loose-rolling sound, and sat on the porch without waiting to be asked.

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We all rose to our feet, and he shook hands with everybody without waiting to be introduced.

MUSIC-STUDY IN GERMANYAMY FAY

At Felipe's cry, the women waiting in the hall hurried in, wailing aloud as their first glance showed them all was over.

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After a bit of waiting, Mac decided that the smoke was floating from a certain direction, and we began to edge carefully that way.

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WORDS RELATED TO WAITING

ambush

nounlying in wait; concealed position

ambushes

nounlying in wait; concealed position

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waiting

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noun

a period of waiting; pause, interval, or delay.

adjective

serving or being in attendance: waiting man;waiting maid;waiting woman.

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Idioms about waiting

    in waiting, in attendance, as upon a royal personage.

Origin of waiting

1150–1200; Middle English (noun); see wait, -ing1, -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM waiting

wait·ing·ly,adverb

Words nearby waiting

wait-a-while, Waite, waiter, waitering, wait for the other shoe to drop, waiting, Waiting for Godot, waiting game, waiting in the wings, waiting list, waiting period

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Words related to waiting

linger, hang, await, watch, stay, delay, remain, expect, stand by, stick around, foresee, anticipate, tarry, abide, stall, bide, dally, hang around, hold back, hole up

How to use waiting in a sentence

  • Kornbluh of GMFUS says this tension is what leads Facebook and other social media platforms to err on the side of waiting—meaning harmful posts can earn millions of views before any action is taken.

    Facebook’s new tool to stop fake news is a game changer—if the company would only use it|Jeff|October 18, 2020|Fortune

  • My own doctors advocated for watchful waiting, which is where I’m headed.

    My cancer might be back—and I wonder if unnecessary radiation caused it in the first place|jakemeth|September 22, 2020|Fortune

  • CSL employees say the checks detailed by CSL’s spokesman happen long after patients enter the centers, sometimes after they’ve signed in, talked with staff and sat in a waiting room before screening.

    Foreign Masks, Fear and a Fake Certification: Staff at CSL Plasma Say Conditions at Donation Centers Aren’t Safe|by J. David McSwane|September 21, 2020|ProPublica

  • Even as agencies are publishing their plans to be more inclusive and diverse or creating new diversity and inclusion executive positions, some agency execs fear that agencies are simply playing the waiting game with lengthy plans.

    ‘It’s all been plan, plan, plan mode:’ Agencies have big ideas for greater diversity, but more action is needed|Seb Joseph|September 15, 2020|Digiday

  • After 50 years of waiting, San Diego is about to retake its seat as dealer in a high-stakes game with potential power providers.

    What Power San Diego Has Over Its Power Company|MacKenzie Elmer|August 4, 2020|Voice of San Diego

  • Should lightning strike and Hillary Clinton forgoes a presidential run, Democrats have a nominee in waiting.

    Sen. Warren’s Main Street Crusade to Pressure Clinton|Eleanor Clift|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST

  • A running joke inside the tribe is that the group is like that club with a hundred people waiting outside to get in.

    ‘We Out Here’: Inside the New Black Travel Movement|Charlise Ferguson|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST

  • The first day of Liberty, I was hanging around waiting for Ford to come in.

    The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST

  • Instead, black models are required to remain meekly, silently off stage, waiting for a turn that may never come.

    One Vogue Cover Doesn’t Solve Fashion’s Big Race Problem|Danielle Belton|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST

  • In a show about single women, Sex and The City was always in a rush to get to the altar—and with a man there waiting.

    Why Singles Should Say ‘I Don’t’ to The Self-Marriage Movement|Tim Teeman|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • Sol laughed out of his whiskers, with a big, loose-rolling sound, and sat on the porch without waiting to be asked.

    The Bondboy|George W. (George Washington) Ogden

  • We all rose to our feet, and he shook hands with everybody without waiting to be introduced.

    Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay

  • At Felipe's cry, the women waiting in the hall hurried in, wailing aloud as their first glance showed them all was over.

    Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson

  • After a bit of waiting, Mac decided that the smoke was floating from a certain direction, and we began to edge carefully that way.

    Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair

  • Sam sat opposite him in perfect silence, waiting, with eager curiosity, for the termination of the scene.

    The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, v. 2(of 2)|Charles Dickens

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Synonyms of wait in English:

wait


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verb

1‘they waited in the airport for two hours’

SYNONYMS

stay, remain, rest, linger, loiter, dally, stop, stay put

informal stick around, kick about, kick around

archaic bide, tarry

2‘she had to wait until her passport came through’

SYNONYMS

stand by, hold back, be patient, bide one's time, hang fire, mark time, kill time, waste time, cool one's heels, kick one's heels, twiddle one's thumbs

pause, stop, cease, halt, discontinue, rest

informal hold on, hang around, hang about, sit tight, hold one's horses, sweat it out

3‘they were waiting for the kettle to boil’

SYNONYMS

await, look out, watch out

anticipate, expect, be ready, be in readiness

long for, hope for, count the days until

4‘it will have to wait until we've got some money’

SYNONYMS

be postponed, be delayed, be put off, be held back, be deferred

informal be put on the back burner, be put on ice

5‘we've waited dinner for forty minutes’

SYNONYMS

delay, postpone, put off, hold off, hold back, defer


noun

1‘we resigned ourselves to a long wait’

SYNONYMS

delay, hold-up, period of waiting, interval, interlude, intermission, pause, break, stay, cessation, suspension, detention, check, stoppage, halt, interruption, lull, respite, recess, postponement, discontinuation, moratorium, hiatus, gap, lapse, rest, entr'acte


Phrases

    wait up

    ‘I'll be back late—don't wait up for me’


    SYNONYMS

    stay awake, stay up, keep vigil

    wait on

    ‘the men ate in silence, waited on by the two girls’


    SYNONYMS

    serve, attend to, tend, cater for, cater to, act as a waiter to, act as a waitress to

    accommodate, minister to, take care of, look after, see to, succour, pander to

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verb (used without object)

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.

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

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

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.

to look forward to eagerly: I'm just waiting for the day somebody knocks him down.

verb (used with object)

to continue as one is in expectation of; await: to wait one's turn at a telephone booth.

to postpone or delay in expectation: Don't wait supper for me.

Archaic. (of things) to be in readiness for; be reserved for; await: Glory waits thee.

Archaic. to attend upon or escort, especially as a sign of respect.

noun

an act or instance of waiting or awaiting; delay; halt: a wait at the border.

a period or interval of waiting: There will be a long wait between trains.

Theater.
  1. the time between two acts, scenes, or the like.
  2. stage wait.
British.
  1. waits,(formerly) a band of musicians employed by a city or town to play music in parades, for official functions, etc.
  2. a street musician, especially a singer.
  3. one of a band of carolers.
  4. a piece sung by carolers, especially a Christmas carol.

Obsolete. a watchman.

Verb Phrases

wait on,
  1. to perform the duties of an attendant or servant for.
  2. to supply the wants of a person, as serving a meal or serving a customer in a store.
  3. to call upon or visit (a person, especially a superior): to wait on Her Majesty at the palace.
  4. Falconry.(of a hawk) to soar over ground until prey appears.
  5. Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S.to wait for (a person); await.
  6. Also wait upon.to await (an event).
wait up,
  1. to postpone going to bed to await someone's arrival.
  2. Informal.to halt and wait for another to join one, as in running or walking: Wait up, I can't walk so fast.

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Idioms about wait

    lie in wait, to wait in ambush: The army lay in wait in the forest.

    wait table. table (def. 26).

Origin of wait

First recorded in 1150–1200; (verb) early Middle English waiten, from Anglo-French waitier;Old French guaitier, from Germanic; cognate with Old High German wahtēn “to watch,” derivative of wahta ”a watch” (see wake1); (noun) late Middle English, from Anglo-French, derivative of waitier

synonym study for wait

1. Wait,tarry imply pausing to linger and thereby putting off further activity until later. Wait usually implies staying for a limited time and for a definite purpose, that is, for something expected: to wait for a train.Tarry is a somewhat archaic word for wait, but it suggests lingering, perhaps aimlessly delaying, or pausing (briefly) in a journey: to tarry on the way home; to tarry overnight at an inn.

usage note for wait

15e, f. Sometimes considered objectionable in standard usage, the idiom wait on meaning “to wait for, to await (a person)” is largely confined to speech or written representations of speech. It is most common in the Midland and Southern United States: Let's not wait on Rachel, she's always late.Wait on or upon (an event) does not have a regional pattern and occurs in a wide variety of contexts: We will wait on (or upon ) his answer and make our decision then. The completion of the merger waits upon news of a drop in interest rates.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH wait

wait , weight

Words nearby wait

waisted, waist-high, waistline, waist of heart, waist pack, wait, wait-a-bit, wait a minute, wait and see, Waitangi Day, Waitangi Tribunal

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Words related to wait

interval, linger, hang, await, watch, stay, delay, remain, expect, stand by, stick around, halt, rest, down, interim, downtime, hold, foresee, anticipate, tarry

How to use wait in a sentence

  • Nesbitt said she worried that residents who had heard about long phone waits in the early days of vaccine registration were too discouraged to try calling in recent days.

    South Africa and U.K. coronavirus variants detected in D.C.; Maryland to open third mass vaccination site|Erin Cox, Julie Zauzmer, Rachel Chason|February 11, 2021|Washington Post

  • In Virginia, for example, the wait list for vaccinations in Fairfax County reached 186,602 earlier this week.

    Maryland Democrats call for ‘course correction’ amid regionwide frustration over vaccine rollout|Erin Cox, Rebecca Tan, Antonio Olivo|February 3, 2021|Washington Post

  • The Zinners have fundraised so they could hire an immigration attorney for Stephanie and her son, but they anticipate a long wait for any resolution.

    A Maryland couple opened their home to a Honduran mother and son. They ended up sharing more than space.|Stephanie García|January 30, 2021|Washington Post

  • After two failed appointments and a 45-minute wait at the hospital, her third time in the system was a success.

    What went wrong with America’s $44 million vaccine data system?|Cat Ferguson|January 30, 2021|MIT Technology Review

  • Maps could even help community residents compare wait times among different facilities to guide their choices and offer the best possible experiences.

    Envisioning better health outcomes for all|Jason Sparapani|January 26, 2021|MIT Technology Review

  • So far, all the players seemed to be willing to wait their turn.

    The Golden State Preps for the ‘Red Wedding’ of Senate Races|David Freedlander|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST

  • And they might not have to wait that long to show their political heft.

    Asian-Americans Are The New Florida|Tim Mak|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST

  • And as he adjusted to this change in circumstances, he screamed at himself a second time: Wait!

    Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’|Asawin Suebsaeng|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST

  • Some refugees wait for days on the ships before setting sail.

    Ghost Ships of the Mediterranean|Barbie Latza Nadeau|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST

  • “Wait…” Suddenly a huge, graceful black marlin leaps out of the water, sending a shower of water ten feet high.

    The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST

  • As men fixed in the grip of nightmare, we were powerless—unable to do anything but wait.

    Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton

  • He didn't need to wait—as the birds did—until an angleworm stuck his head above ground.

    The Tale of Grandfather Mole|Arthur Scott Bailey

  • The pig family did not know when Squinty would be taken away from them, and all they could do was to wait.

    Squinty the Comical Pig|Richard Barnum

  • Janet might have said before leaving: "Tea had better not wait too long--Hilda has to be down at Clayhanger's at half-past six."

    Hilda Lessways|Arnold Bennett

  • And Jimmy thought that if he must wait for him again he would wait in a pleasant place.

    The Tale of Grandfather Mole|Arthur Scott Bailey

British Dictionary definitions for wait


verb

(when intr, often foll by for, until, or to) to stay in one place or remain inactive in expectation (of something); hold oneself in readiness (for something)

to delay temporarily or be temporarily delayedthat work can wait

(when intr, usually foll by for) (of things) to be in store (for a person)success waits for you in your new job

(intr)to act as a waiter or waitress

noun

the act or an instance of waiting

a period of waiting

(plural)rarea band of musicians who go around the streets, esp at Christmas, singing and playing carols

an interlude or interval between two acts or scenes in a play, etc

lie in waitto prepare an ambush (for someone)

See also wait on, wait up

Word Origin for wait

C12: from Old French waitier; related to Old High German wahtēn to wake1

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with wait


In addition to the idioms beginning with wait

  • wait a minute
  • wait and see
  • wait at table
  • wait for the other shoe to drop
  • waiting game
  • waiting in the wings
  • wait on
  • wait on hand and foot
  • wait out
  • wait up

also see:

  • can't wait
  • hurry up and wait
  • in waiting
  • lie in wait
  • play a waiting game

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

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Synonyms waiting definition

be on the agenda

table

To enter in a list or table; tabulate.

anticipate

Anticipate is defined as to act in advance, usually as an effort to stay ahead of someone else.

forge(antonym)

To advance gradually but steadily:

await

The definition of await is you are expecting or ready for something.

bus dishes

hurry(antonym)

To cause to move or act more rapidly or too rapidly; drive, move, send, force, or carry with haste

hesitate

Hesitate is defined as to pause before deciding, acting or speaking.

look

pause

To cease or suspend the action of temporarily; stop for an interim:

attend

To wait upon as a servant etc.; to accompany to assist (someone). [from 15th c.]

hold off

(Idiomatic) To delay someone or something temporarily; to keep at bay.

serve

To wait upon (someone) at table; to set food and drink in front of, to help (someone) to food, meals etc. [from 13th c.]

help

(Intransitive) To provide assistance.

act(antonym)

To behave like or pose as; impersonate:

loiter

(--- Law) To violate a law or ordinance that prohibits persons from remaining in a given location without a clear purpose for an extended period of time, especially when behaving in a manner indicating a possible threat to persons or property in the vicinity.

stay

To keep up in a race or contest:

stop

To be able to go no further; come to an end

continuation(antonym)

The act or fact of going on or persisting:

figure on

To look forward to confidently.

surprise(related)

To cause by some unexpected action to do or say something unintended

remain(related)

To be left as still to be dealt with:

place on the table

cater

To be particularly attentive or solicitous; minister:

delay

To cause to be later or slower than expected or desired:

halt

A minor railway station (usually unstaffed) in the United Kingdom.

doing(antonym)

Social events and activities.

forward(antonym)

In an advanced position or a configuration registering a future time:

do(antonym)

Used to serve as part of a negative command or statement

go(antonym)

(Informal) To urinate or defecate:

Also used with for: anticipate

To look forward to confidently.

adjourn

To move from one place to another:

remit

To send back; to give up; to surrender; to resign.

shelve

To put on a shelf or shelves

suspend

To hold in abeyance; defer:

continue(related)

The definition of continue means to remain or go on.

hold

A thing to hold or hold on by

time lag

time during which some action is awaited

interim

An interval of time between one event, process, or period and another.

abide

(Intransitive) To endure. to remain; to last. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470).]

dally

To interchange caresses, especially of a sexual nature; to use fondling; to wanton; to sport (compare dalliance)

mark-time

(Figuratively) To stop making progress temporarily.

ambush

To attack from a concealed position.

deliver

To give or hand over; transfer

tend

To manage the activities and transactions of; run:

act as waiter

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Wait meaning urdu - synonyms

Then throw these notes away. Why do you keep all the trash. Marina grabbed a notebook and began to tear the slightly yellowed sheets out of it, crushing them into small lumps. I didn't bother her.

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Carefully, barely stepping into the room where Polinka slept. I went over and pressed myself against her. Cock and balls into her.



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