Definition of wait noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//weɪt//
; NAmE NAmE//weɪt//
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  • [usually singular] wait (for somebody/something) an act of waiting; an amount of time waited We had a long wait for the bus. He now faces an agonizing two-month wait for the test results. It took six months for the house to be finished, but it was worth the wait.
  • Word OriginMiddle English: from Old Northern French waitier, of Germanic origin; related to the verb wake. Early senses included ‘lie in wait (for)’, ‘observe carefully’, and ‘be watchful’.Extra examples The dress was so beautiful when it arrived that it was well worth the wait. We had a long wait to see the doctor. a short wait for an ambulanceIdioms
    lie in wait (for somebody)
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    to hide, waiting to surprise, attack or catch somebody He was surrounded by reporters who had been lying in wait for him.
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