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verb [intransitive]     wait pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlewaiting
past tensewaited
past participlewaited
  1. 1
    to stay in one place because you expect or hope that something will happen

    Sheryl said she’d be waiting in the lobby.

    wait for:

    He was attacked while he was waiting for a bus.

    wait until/till:

    Let’s sit down and wait until Bob gets here.

    wait to do something:

    The television showed thousands of frightened people waiting to board buses.

    1. a.
      to delay doing something until someone arrives or until something else happens

      I’m busy right now, so you’ll just have to wait.

      wait for:

      Shall we start eating, or should we wait for the others?

      The police are waiting for more evidence before making an arrest.

  2. 2
    to be hoping or expecting that something will happen
    wait for:

    I’ve been waiting for a refund check for several months.

    wait for someone/something to do something:

    There’s no point waiting for her to change her mind.

  3. 3
    to be ready for someone to take or use
    wait for:

    There’s a package waiting for you in the office.

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