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Definition 1: the act of waiting (remaining inactive in one place while expecting something) - [noun denoting act]

Samples where wait or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the wait was an ordeal for him

Synonyms for wait in the sense of this definition

(wait is a kind of ...) being inactive; being less active

Definition 2: time during which some action is awaited - [noun denoting time]

Samples where wait or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • instant replay caused too long a delay
  • he ordered a hold in the action

Synonyms for wait in the sense of this definition

(wait is a kind of ...) a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something

(... is a kind of wait ) a mutually agreed delay in the date set for the completion of a job or payment of a debt

"they applied for an extension of the loan"

(... is a kind of wait ) a legally authorized postponement before some obligation must be discharged

(... is a kind of wait ) the extent to which something is delayed or held back

Definition 3: look forward to the probable occurrence of - [verb of cognition]

Samples where wait or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We were expecting a visit from our relatives
  • She is looking to a promotion
  • he is waiting to be drafted

Synonyms for wait in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of wait ) look forward to the birth of a child

"She is expecting in March"

(... is a kind of wait ) expect or hope for

"I look to hear from you soon"

(... is a kind of wait ) turn one's interests or expectations towards

"look to the future" "this method looks to significant wavings"

(... is a kind of wait ) hold the phone line open

"Please hang on while I get your folder"

(... is a kind of wait ) be excited or anxious about

(wait has a similar meaning as ...) regard something as probable or likely

"The meteorologists are expecting rain for tomorrow"

Samples where wait or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I'm waiting on tables at Maxim's

Synonyms for wait in the sense of this definition

(wait is a kind of ...) exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity

"I will work hard to improve my grades" "she worked hard for better living conditions for the poor"

Definition 5: stay in one place and anticipate or expect something - [verb of stative]

Samples where wait or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I had to wait on line for an hour to get the tickets

(... is a kind of wait ) wait in hiding to attack

(... is a kind of wait ) wait or pass the time aimlessly or futilely; be kept waiting

"She kicked her heels for hours at the gate of the Embassy"

(... is a kind of wait ) be available or ready for a certain function or service

Definition 6: wait before acting - [verb of stative]

Samples where wait or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the scientists held off announcing their results until they repeated the experiment

Synonyms for wait in the sense of this definition

(wait is a kind of ...) perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

"think before you act" "We must move quickly" "The governor should act on the new energy bill" "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"

(... is a kind of wait ) wait uncompromisingly for something desirable

"He held out for the dessert and did not touch the cheeses"

(... is a kind of wait ) act later than planned, scheduled, or required

"Don't delay your application to graduate school or else it won't be considered"

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