HyperDic: wait

English > 6 senses of the word wait:
NOUNtimewait, delay, hold, time lag, postponementtime during which some action is awaited
actwait, waitingthe act of waiting (remaining inactive in one place while expecting something)
VERBstativewaitstay in one place and anticipate or expect something
stativewait, hold off, hold backwait before acting
cognitionwait, expect, look, awaitlook ... / look forward to the probable occurrence of
socialwait, waitressserve as a waiter or waitress in a restaurant
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English > wait: 6 senses > noun 1, time
MeaningTime during which some action is awaited.
Synonymsdelay, hold, time lag, postponement
NarrowerextensionA mutually agreed delay in the date set for the completion of a job or payment of a debt
moratoriumA legally authorized postponement before some obligation must be discharged
retardationThe extent to which something is delayed or held back
Broaderpause, intermission, break, interruption, suspensionA time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
Spanishaplazamiento, atraso, demora, dilación, espera, retraso
Catalandemora, espera, retardament
Verbswaitwait before acting
English > wait: 6 senses > noun 2, act
MeaningThe act of waiting (remaining inactive in one place while expecting something).
Example"the wait was an ordeal for him"
Synonymwaiting
BroaderinactivityInactive
Spanishaguardada, espera
Catalanespera
Verbswaitstay in one place and anticipate or expect something
English > wait: 6 senses > verb 1, stative
MeaningStay in one place and anticipate or expect something.
PatternSomebody ----s; Somebody ----s PP
ModelThey wait a long time
Example"I had to wait on line for an hour to get the tickets"
Entailed byline up, queue up, queueform a queue, form a line, stand in line
Narrowerambush, scupper, bushwhack, waylay, lurk, ambuscade, lie in waitwait in hiding to attack
kick one's heels, cool one's heelswait or pass the time aimlessly or futilely
stand by, stick around, stick aboutBe available or ready for a certain function or service
Spanishaguardar, esperar, permanecer
Catalanesperar, romandre
Nounswait, waitingthe act of waiting (remaining inactive in one place while expecting something)
waitera person who waits or awaits
English > wait: 6 senses > verb 2, stative
Meaningwait before acting.
PatternSomebody ----s; Somebody ----s something; Somebody ----s VERB-ing
ModelThey wait to move
Synonymshold off, hold back
NarrowerdelayAct later than planned, scheduled, or required
hold outwait uncompromisingly for something desirable
Broaderact, movePerform an action, or work out or perform (an action)
Spanishaguardar, esperar
Catalanesperar
Nounswaittime during which some action is awaited
waitera person who waits or awaits
English > wait: 6 senses > verb 3, cognition
Meaninglook ... / look forward to the probable occurrence of.
PatternSomebody ----s to INFINITIVE
Example "he is waiting to be drafted"
Synonymsexpect, look, await
Narroweranticipate, look for, look toBe excited or anxious about
expectlook forward to the birth of a child
hang on, hold the line, hold onhold the phone line open
look forwardExpect or hope for
look toTurn one's interests or expectations towards
Similar toexpect, anticipateregard something as probable or likely
Spanishaguardar, anticipar, contar, esperar con expectación, esperar
Catalanaguardar, anticipar, esperar
Nounswaitera person who waits or awaits
English > wait: 6 senses > verb 4, social
MeaningServe as a waiter or waitress in a restaurant.
PatternSomebody ----s
Example"I'm waiting on tables at Maxim's"
Synonymwaitress
BroaderworkExert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity
Spanishservir
Catalancambrera
Nounswaitera person whose occupation is to serve at table (as in a restaurant)

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