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Definition of wait
- 1stay where one is or delay action until a particular time or until something else happens:he did not wait for a reply we’re waiting for Allan to get back they will wait on a Supreme Court ruling [with infinitive]:Ben stood on the street corner waiting to cross [with object]:I had to wait my turn to play
Middle English: from Old Northern French waitier, of Germanic origin; related to wake1. Early senses included 'lie in wait (for)', 'observe carefully', and 'be watchful'