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Synonyms for wait
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. delay, hold, time lag, postponement, wait(noun)

    time during which some action is awaited

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

    Synonyms:
    clutch, grip, storage area, delay, keep, holdup, detainment, deferral, handle, hold, appreciation, handgrip, cargo area, detention, postponement, waiting, custody, clasp, cargo deck, clench, clutches, grasp, time lag, deferment, cargo hold

  2. wait, waiting(verb)

    the act of waiting (remaining inactive in one place while expecting something)

    "the wait was an ordeal for him"

    Synonyms:
    waiting, postponement, time lag, hold, delay

  3. wait(verb)

    stay in one place and anticipate or expect something

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

    Synonyms:
    expect, await, waitress, look, hold off, hold back

  4. wait, hold off, hold back(verb)

    wait before acting

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

    Synonyms:
    await, waitress, hold in, keep, restrain, hold back, hold off, hold, look, check, conceal, retain, contain, keep back, forbear, stop, expect, arrest, turn back

  5. expect, look, await, wait(verb)

    look forward to the probable occurrence of

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

    Synonyms:
    count, await, search, appear, depend, hold back, seem, carry, hold off, front, reckon, look, gestate, bet, attend, require, anticipate, waitress, take care, have a bun in the oven, face, ask, calculate, expect, bear, see

  6. wait, waitress(verb)

    serve as a waiter or waitress in a restaurant

    "I'm waiting on tables at Maxim's"

    Synonyms:
    expect, await, waitress, look, hold off, hold back

Wiktionary

  1. wait(noun)

    Hautboys, or oboes, played by town musicians.

    Synonyms:
    hold ones breath

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. wait

    To abide is to remain continuously without limit of time unless expressed by the context: "to-day I must abide at thy house," Luke xix, 5; "a settled place for thee to abide in forever," 1 Kings viii, 13; "Abide with me! fast falls the eventide," Lyte Hymn. Lodge, sojourn, stay, tarry, and wait always imply a limited time; lodge, to pass the night; sojourn, to remain temporarily; live, dwell, reside, to have a permanent home. Stop, in the sense of stay or sojourn, is colloquial, and not in approved use. Compare ENDURE; REST.

    Synonyms:
    abide, anticipate, await, bear, bide, confront, continue, dwell, endure, expect, inhabit, live, lodge, remain, reside, rest, sojourn, stay, stop, tarry, tolerate, watch

    Antonyms:
    abandon, avoid, depart, forfeit, forfend, journey, migrate, move, proceed, reject, resist, shun

    Preposition:
    Abide in a place, for a time, with a person, by a statement.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. wait

    Synonyms:
    stay, tarry, rest, stop, bide, expect

    Antonyms:
    speed, hasten, press

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. wait(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    stay, tarry, delay, remain, linger, bide one's time

  2. wait(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    watch, look, be expectant

  3. wait(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    await, abide, stay for, wait for, look for

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How to say wait in sign language?

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