Synonyms for wait

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Yet the great lady is not careless of engagements, and the wait is never prolonged.

Where is he, I wonder, and how long have I got to wait for him?

The lawyer left them at the next station to wait for a train back to Butte.

You wait a little, and hear Uncle Peter take back what he's said about me.

And Dennet,” Stephen added with a short laugh, “she could not wait for you.

"I will wait ten minutes for him," said Haley, taking out his watch.

Then they wait for a third service, and after that start out home again.

We will wait till the gentlemen finish their cigars, before driving.

"Wait here while I see if the train is on time," directed Grace.

"Wait till to-morrow morning, and by then you may have slept upon it," she counselled.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, "to watch with hostile intent, lie in wait for," from Old North French waitier "to watch" (Old French gaitier, Modern French guetter), from Frankish *wahton (cf. Dutch wacht "a watching," Old High German wahten, German wachten "to watch, to guard;" Old High German wahhon "to watch, be awake," Old English wacian "to be awake;" see wake (v.)). General sense of "remain in some place" is from late 14c.; that of "to see to it that something occurs" is late 14c. Meaning "to stand by in attendance on" is late 14c.; specific sense of "serve as an attendant at a table" is from 1560s. Related: Waited; waiting.

To wait (something) out "endure a period of waiting" is recorded from 1909, originally American English, in reference to baseball batters trying to draw a base on balls. Waiting game is recorded from 1890. Waiting room is attested from 1680s. Waiting list is recorded from 1897; the verb wait-list "to put (someone) on a waiting list" is recorded from 1960.

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