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Wiktionary5.0 / 1 vote

  1. waitnoun

    Hautboys, or oboes, played by town musicians.

    Synonyms:
    hold ones breath

English Synonyms and Antonyms4.3 / 3 votes

  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 Antonyms2.5 / 2 votes

  1. wait

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

    Antonyms:
    speed, hasten, press

Princeton's WordNet3.5 / 4 votes

  1. delay, hold, time lag, postponement, waitnoun

    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, waitingverb

    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. waitverb

    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 backverb

    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, waitverb

    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, waitressverb

    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

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Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. waitverb

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

  2. waitverb

    Synonyms:
    watch, look, be expectant

  3. waitverb

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words0.0 / 0 votes

  1. waitnoun

    Synonyms:
    waiting, delay, halt, stop, ambush, ambuscade

  2. waitverb

    Synonyms:
    tarry, stay, linger, await, abide, delay, postpone, defer, procrastinate

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How to use wait in a sentence?

  1. Jim Sanford:

    This is not something where you just plant your trees and wait for your fortune to grow.

  2. Deepak Shetty:

    They will follow the U.N. guidance which will come to them through us, they are now staying put ... no oil will be discharged even if the charterer wants them to. They will wait for the U.N. to tell us where the vessel will have to go.

  3. David Tate:

    As soon as we can, we're going to open our doors and start welcoming people up here almost with like neon signs, a lot of us are still standing and can't wait to have visitors.

  4. Darcy Miller:

    If you’ve got extra plastic coupes, you don’t need to wait until next year to use them.

  5. Courtney Stodden:

    [ Teigen ] wouldn't just publicly tweet about wanting me to take' a dirt nap' but would privately DM me and tell me to kill myself, things like,' I can't wait for you to die.'.


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