Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun wait

2 senses of wait

Sense 1
delay, hold, time lag, postponement, wait -- (time during which some action is awaited; "instant replay caused too long a delay"; "he ordered a hold in the action")
       => pause, intermission, break, interruption, suspension -- (a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something)

Sense 2
wait, waiting -- (the act of waiting (remaining inactive in one place while expecting something); "the wait was an ordeal for him")
       => inactivity -- (being inactive; being less active)

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb wait

4 senses of wait

Sense 1
wait -- (stay in one place and anticipate or expect something; "I had to wait on line for an hour to get the tickets")

Sense 2
wait, hold off, hold back -- (wait before acting; "the scientists held off announcing their results until they repeated the experiment")
       => act, move -- (perform an action, or work out or perform (an action); "think before you act"; "We must move quickly"; "The governor should act on the new energy bill"; "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel")

Sense 3
expect, look, await, wait -- (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")

Sense 4
wait, waitress -- (serve as a waiter or waitress in a restaurant; "I'm waiting on tables at Maxim's")
       => work -- (exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity; "I will work hard to improve my grades"; "she worked hard for better living conditions for the poor")

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