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wait

wait

 
 
pronunciation:
weIt
parts of speech:
verb, noun
phrases:
wait on [or] wait upon
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part of speech: verb
inflections: waited, waiting, waits
definition: to stay in one place until an expected event happens.
We're waiting for the mail to arrive.We're waiting at home until it stops raining.
 
similar words:
expect
 
part of speech: noun
definition: a period of waiting.
There was a long wait before the movie started.
synonyms:
delay
similar words:
pause, stop
phrase: wait on [or] wait upon
wait for or wait on?
Wait on means to serve a customer, as in a restaurant or store. Wait for is more common and means to stay in a place or situation until some expected event happens.
Compare:
  • A nice person waited on us at the restaurant today.
  • I waited for my son outside his school.
Homophone Note
The words wait and weight (heaviness) sound alike but have different meanings.
Word Builder: wait +
  • waitress:
    a woman whose job is to wait on customers at a restaurant.
  • waiter:
    a person whose job is to wait on customers at a restaurant.