wait definition, meaning - what is wait in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - 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] uk   us   /weɪt/
A1 to allow time to go by, especially while staying in one place without doing very much, until someone comes, until something that you are expecting happens or until you can do something: I waited for her in the corridor, while she went in to see the doctor. The dentist kept me waiting for ages. [+ to infinitive] There were a lot of people waiting to use the phone. to be done or to happen at a later time: The meeting will have to wait until tomorrow, because I'm too busy now. The paperwork can't wait until tomorrow (= is urgent and must be done now).no waiting UK (US no standing) used on signs to mean vehicles are not allowed to park, even for short periods of time: The sign by the side of the road said "no waiting!"
More examples

wait

noun [S] uk   us   /weɪt/
B2 a period of time when you stay in one place until someone comes, or something happens, or until you can do something: We had a three-hour wait before we could see the doctor. The long wait for the doctor/to see the doctor really made me anxious.
More examples
(Definition of wait from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © 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

paradox

a situation or statement that seems impossible or is difficult to understand because it contains two opposite facts or characteristics

Word of the Day

What’s All The Commotion About? (Words to describe sounds)

by Kate Woodford,
May 20, 2015
​​​ In this post we look at a range of words and phrases that we use to describe noise and the absence of noise. Starting with complete quiet, we sometimes use the noun hush to describe silence: A hush fell over the room as the bride walked in./There was a deathly hush (=complete

Read More 

plyscraper noun

May 18, 2015
a skyscraper made mainly from wood The development of engineered timber could herald a new era of eco-friendly ‘plyscrapers’. Christchurch welcomed its first multistorey timber structure this year, there are plans for Vancouver, and the talk is China could follow

Read More