wait - definition in the American English Dictionary - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “wait”

See all translations

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.
(Definition of wait from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of wait?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “wait” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

kick off

the time when a game of football starts, or when it begins again after it has stopped because of a goal, etc.

Word of the Day

She’s got very good posture. (How we stand and sit)

by Liz Walter,
May 27, 2015
Recently on this blog, we looked at the words that we use to describe the way we move. This week we’re looking at words for describing our bodies when they are still, whether we are standing or sitting. Since most of us do far too much of this, let’s start with sitting.

Read More 

ancestral health noun

May 25, 2015
diet based on the presumed diet of our Palaeolithic ancestors ‘Ancestral health,’ to use a term popular among Paleo followers, has gone mass.

Read More