Synonyms of wait in English:

wait


See definition of wait

verb

1‘they waited in the airport for two hours’

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stay, remain, rest, linger, loiter, dally, stop, stay put
informal stick around, kick about, kick around
archaic bide, tarry
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leave

2‘she had to wait until her passport came through’

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stand by, hold back, be patient, bide one's time, hang fire, mark time, kill time, waste time, cool one's heels, kick one's heels, twiddle one's thumbs
pause, stop, cease, halt, discontinue, rest
informal hold on, hang around, sit tight, hold one's horses, sweat it out
British informal hang about

3‘they were waiting for the kettle to boil’

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await, look out, watch out
anticipate, expect, be ready, be in readiness
long for, hope for, count the days until

4‘it will have to wait until we've got some money’

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be postponed, be delayed, be put off, be held back, be deferred
informal be put on the back burner, be put on ice

5‘we've waited dinner for forty minutes’

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delay, postpone, put off, hold off, hold back, defer

noun

1‘we resigned ourselves to a long wait’

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delay, hold-up, period of waiting, interval, interlude, intermission, pause, break, stay, cessation, suspension, detention, check, stoppage, halt, interruption, lull, respite, recess, postponement, discontinuation, moratorium, hiatus, gap, lapse, rest, entr'acte

Phrases

    wait up

    ‘I'll be back late—don't wait up for me’


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    wait on

    ‘the men ate in silence, waited on by the two girls’


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