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Definition of WAIT

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Wait \Wait\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Waited}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Waiting}.] [OE. waiten, OF. waitier, gaitier, to watch, attend, F. guetter to watch, to wait for, fr. OHG. wahta a guard, watch, G. wacht, from OHG. wahh[=e]n to watch, be awake. [root]134. See {Wake}, v. i.] [1913 Webster]
     1. To watch; to observe; to take notice. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

              "But [unless] ye wait well and be privy, I wot right well, I am but dead," quoth she.
                                                    --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

     2. To stay or rest in expectation; to stop or remain stationary till the arrival of some person or event; to rest in patience; to stay; not to depart. [1913 Webster]

              All the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.                       --Job xiv. 14. [1913 Webster]

              They also serve who only stand and wait. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

              Haste, my dear father; 't is no time to wait.
                                                    --Dryden. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster]

     {To wait on} or {To wait upon}.
        (a) To attend, as a servant; to perform services for; as, to wait on a gentleman; to wait on the table.
            "Authority and reason on her wait." --Milton. "I must wait on myself, must I?" --Shak. (b) To attend; to go to see; to visit on business or for ceremony. (c) To follow, as a consequence; to await. "That ruin that waits on such a supine temper." --Dr. H. More. (d) To look watchfully at; to follow with the eye; to watch. [R.] "It is a point of cunning to wait upon him with whom you speak with your eye." --Bacon. (e) To attend to; to perform. "Aaron and his sons . . . shall wait on their priest's office." --Num. iii. 10. (f) (Falconry) To fly above its master, waiting till game is sprung; -- said of a hawk. --Encyc. Brit. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Wait \Wait\, v. t.
     1. To stay for; to rest or remain stationary in expectation of; to await; as, to wait orders. [1913 Webster]

              Awed with these words, in camps they still abide, And wait with longing looks their promised guide.
                                                    --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

     2. To attend as a consequence; to follow upon; to accompany; to await. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

     3. To attend on; to accompany; especially, to attend with ceremony or respect. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

              He chose a thousand horse, the flower of all His warlike troops, to wait the funeral. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

              Remorse and heaviness of heart shall wait thee, And everlasting anguish be thy portion. --Rowe. [1913 Webster]

     4. To cause to wait; to defer; to postpone; -- said of a meal; as, to wait dinner. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Wait \Wait\, n. [OF. waite, guaite, gaite, F. guet watch, watching, guard, from OHG. wahta. See {Wait}, v. i.] [1913 Webster]
     1. The act of waiting; a delay; a halt.
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              There is a wait of three hours at the border Mexican town of El Paso.                      --S. B. Griffin. [1913 Webster]

     2. Ambush. "An enemy in wait." --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     3. One who watches; a watchman. [Obs.]
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     4. pl. Hautboys, or oboes, played by town musicians; not used in the singular. [Obs.] --Halliwell. [1913 Webster]

     5. pl. Musicians who sing or play at night or in the early morning, especially at Christmas time; serenaders; musical watchmen. [Written formerly {wayghtes}.] [1913 Webster]

              Hark! are the waits abroad?           --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster]

              The sound of the waits, rude as may be their minstrelsy, breaks upon the mild watches of a winter night with the effect of perfect harmony. --W. Irving. [1913 Webster]

     {To lay wait}, to prepare an ambuscade.

     {To lie in wait}. See under 4th {Lie}.
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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

122 Moby Thesaurus words for "wait":
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