wait verb Meaning in the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary

Meaning of “wait” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb [I]
STAY A1 to stay in a place until someone or something arrives or someone or something is ready for you: I'm waiting for Clive. How long did you wait for a taxi? [+ to do sth] I'm still waiting to use the phone.Staying and remainingWaitingWaitingStaying and remaining
NOT DO SOMETHING to not do something until something else happens: We'll wait till Jane gets here before we start eating.Staying and remainingWaitingWaitingStaying and remainingDelaying and wasting time
can't wait informal A2 used to say how excited you are about something that you are going to do: [+ to do sth] I can't wait to see him.Excited, interested and enthusiastic
keep sb waiting B1 to be late so that someone has to wait for you: I'm sorry to have kept you waiting.WaitingStaying and remainingDelaying and wasting time
wait and see to wait to discover what will happen: We'll wait and see what she says. →  See also be waiting in the wings WaitingStaying and remaining
(Definition of wait verb from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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