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wait

verb [I/T]  us   /weɪt/
to allow time to go by, esp. without doing much, until something happens or can happen: [I] I waited in the car. [I] Wait here for me – I’ll be back in a minute. [I] The dentist kept me waiting for ages. [+ to infinitive] Several people are waiting to use the phone. [T] Please get in line and wait your turn like everyone else. If something waits, it is being delayed or is ready: [I] The meeting will have to wait until tomorrow. [I] An envelope was waiting for me when I got home.
wait
noun [U]  us   /weɪt/
We had a three-hour wait at the airport.
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