Definition for wait

noun as in pause, delay

Strongest match


Strong matches

down, downtime, halt, hold, interim, rest, stay

Weak matches

holdup, on hold, time wasted

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Example Sentences

Nesbitt said she worried that residents who had heard about long phone waits in the early days of vaccine registration were too discouraged to try calling in recent days.

In Virginia, for example, the wait list for vaccinations in Fairfax County reached 186,602 earlier this week.

The Zinners have fundraised so they could hire an immigration attorney for Stephanie and her son, but they anticipate a long wait for any resolution.

After two failed appointments and a 45-minute wait at the hospital, her third time in the system was a success.

Maps could even help community residents compare wait times among different facilities to guide their choices and offer the best possible experiences.

So far, all the players seemed to be willing to wait their turn.

And they might not have to wait that long to show their political heft.

And as he adjusted to this change in circumstances, he screamed at himself a second time: Wait!

Some refugees wait for days on the ships before setting sail.

“Wait…” Suddenly a huge, graceful black marlin leaps out of the water, sending a shower of water ten feet high.

As men fixed in the grip of nightmare, we were powerless—unable to do anything but wait.

He didn't need to wait—as the birds did—until an angleworm stuck his head above ground.

The pig family did not know when Squinty would be taken away from them, and all they could do was to wait.

Janet might have said before leaving: "Tea had better not wait too long--Hilda has to be down at Clayhanger's at half-past six."

And Jimmy thought that if he must wait for him again he would wait in a pleasant place.


On this page you'll find 107 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to wait, such as: interval, down, downtime, halt, hold, and interim.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.