- wait [wāt]vi.[ME waiten < NormFr waitier < Frank * wahten, to guard, akin to OHG wahta, a guard, watch: for IE base see WAKE1]1. to stay in a place or remain in readiness or in anticipation (until something expected happens or for someone to arrive or catch up)2. to be ready or at hand [dinner was waiting for them]3. to remain temporarily undone or neglected [let that job wait]4. to serve food at a meal: with at or on [to wait at table, to wait on a person]vt.1. to be, remain, or delay in expectation or anticipation of; await [to wait orders, to wait one's turn]2. Informal to delay serving (a meal) as in waiting for someone [to wait dinner]3. Obs. to attend upon or escort, esp. as a token of respect or honor4. Obs. to attend as a consequencen.1. the act or fact of waiting2. a period of waiting [a four-hour wait]3. in England,a) any of a group of singers and musicians who go through the streets at Christmastime performing songs and carols for small gifts of moneyb) any tune so performed4. Obs. a member of a band of musicians formerly employed by a city or town in England to play at entertainments5. Obs. a watchmanSYN.- STAY3——————lie in wait for or lie in waitto wait so as to catch after planning an ambush or trap (for)——————wait on or wait upon1. to act as a servant to2. to call on or visit (esp. a superior) in order to pay one's respects, ask a favor, etc.3. to result from; be a consequence of4. to supply the needs or requirements of (a person at table, a customer in a store, etc.), as a waiter, clerk, etc.5. [Informal or Dial.] to wait for; await——————wait outto remain inactive during the course of——————wait tableto serve food as a waiter or servant to people at a table——————wait up1. to put off going to bed until someone expected arrives or something expected happens2. Informal to stop and wait for someone to catch up
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.