Synonyms of wait in English:

wait


See definition of wait

verb

1‘they waited in the airport for two hours’

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

leave

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

SYNONYMS
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, hang about, sit tight, hold one's horses, sweat it out

3‘they were waiting for the kettle to boil’

SYNONYMS
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’

SYNONYMS
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’

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

noun

1‘we resigned ourselves to a long wait’

SYNONYMS
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 on

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


    SYNONYMS
    serve, attend to, tend, cater for, cater to, act as a waiter to, act as a waitress to
    accommodate, minister to, take care of, look after, see to, succour, pander to
    wait up

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


    SYNONYMS
    stay awake, stay up, keep vigil