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waitverb [I/T]

 us   /weɪt/
to ​allowtime 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 ​dentistkept me waiting for ​ages. [+ to infinitive] Several ​people are waiting to use the ​phone. [T] Please get in ​line and wait ​yourturn 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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waitverb [I]

uk   /weɪt/  us   /weɪt/
A1 to ​allowtime to go by, ​especially while ​staying in one ​place without doing very much, until someone comes, until something that you are ​expectinghappens or until you can do something: I waited for her ​outside while she went in to ​see the ​doctor. The ​dentistkept me waiting forages. [+ to infinitive] There were a lot of ​people waiting to use the ​phone.
to be done or to ​happen at a ​latertime: 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 ​meanvehicles are not ​allowed to ​park, ​even for ​shortperiods of ​time: The ​sign by the ​side of the ​road said "no waiting!"

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waitnoun [S]

uk   /weɪt/  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/tosee the ​doctor really made me ​anxious.

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