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Definition of wait noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



[usually singular] wait (for somebody/something)
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  • 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.
  • Idioms
    lie in wait (for somebody)
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    to hide, waiting to surprise, attack, or catch someone He was surrounded by reporters who had been lying in wait for him.
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: wait