Meaning of “wait” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb [ I ] us uk /weɪt/

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.

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to not do something until something else happens:

We'll wait till Jane gets here before we start eating.
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.
keep sb waiting

B1 to be late so that someone has to wait for you:

I'm sorry to have kept you waiting.
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

(Definition of “wait verb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)