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Wait

Definition of wait:

part of speech: verb

To stay in expectation: to remain: to attend ( with on): to follow: to lie in ambush.

part of speech: noun

The act of waiting for something or somebody: as, after a long wait we were admitted: the act of waiting in concealment for the purpose of attacking; ambush; a kind of old night watchman: one of a band of musicians in the pay of a town corporation whose duties were at first to pipe or sound the hours and guard the streets, but subsequently to act merely as town's minstrels or musicians; " For as the custom prevails at present there is scarce a young man of any fashion in a corporation that does not make love with the town music; the waits often help him through his courtship."- Steele: at present, one of a band of musicians who promenade the streets during the night and early morning about Christmas or New- year time, performing music appropriate to the season: an old musical instrument of the hautboy or shawm kind; the name of the instrument may be from the waits, who chiefly performed on it.

part of speech: verb

To expect or tarry for; to delay; as, to wait dinner.

part of speech: noun

The act of staying, or the length of time during which one stays, in expectation; delay.

part of speech: verb

To linger or tarry; to remain; to stay in a condition of watching or expecting: with for; as, we waited for her for an hour; to attend or serve; as, to wait upon a table.

part of speech: verb

To stay in expectation; remain.

part of speech: verb

To stay for; await.

part of speech: verb

To stay for: to await.

Usage examples for wait:

  • You tell me always to wait for something. "The Captives", Hugh Walpole.
  • Well, couldn't you wait "Shorty McCabe on the Job", Sewell Ford.
  • He isn't a man who can wait "Flowing Gold", Rex Beach.
  • And I can wait "Elder Conklin and Other Stories", Frank Harris.

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