Wait

Noun

  • An ambush.

    "They laid in wait for the patrol."

  • (in the plural, archaic, Britain) Musicians who sing or play at night or in the early morning, especially at Christmas time; serenaders; musical watchmen. [formerly waites, wayghtes.]
  • A delay.

    "I had a very long wait at the airport security check."

  • (in the plural, obsolete, Britain) Hautboys, or oboes, played by town musicians.
  • (obsolete) One who watches; a watchman.

Verb

  • (intransitive) To delay movement or action until some event or time; to remain neglected or in readiness.

    "Wait here until your car arrives."

  • (obsolete) To attend as a consequence; to follow upon; to accompany.
  • (transitive, now rare) To delay movement or action until the arrival or occurrence of; to await. (Now generally superseded by “wait for”.)
  • (obsolete) To attend on; to accompany; especially, to attend with ceremony or respect.
  • (intransitive, US) To wait tables; to serve customers in a restaurant or other eating establishment.

    "She used to wait down at the Dew Drop Inn."

  • (obsolete) To defer or postpone (a meal).

    "to wait dinner"

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