/ weIt; wet/ v 1 (a) [I, Ipr, It] ~ (for sb/sth) stay where one is, delay acting, etc for a specified time or until sb or sth comes or until sth happens ; : `Have you been waiting long?' `Yes, I've been waiting (for) twenty minutes.' ｀?＇｀, 20.＇ * Tell him I can't see him now, he'll have to wait. , . * Wait for me, please. . * We are waiting for the rain to stop. . * You'll have to wait until the end of the month before I can pay you. . * (infml ) I was just waiting for (ie expecting) that (to happen). . * The chairman is waiting to begin (the meeting). . * I am waiting to hear the result. . * I can't wait (ie am impatient) to read his latest novel. . (b) [Tn] wait and watch for (sth); await , : wait one's opportunity/chance to do sth  * You will just have to wait your turn, ie wait until your turn comes. . =>Usage .(c) [I] not be dealt with immediately; be postponed ; : The matter can wait until the next meeting; it's not urgent. , . 2 [Tn, Dn.pr] ~ sth (for sb) postpone (a meal) until sb arrives : I shall be home late tonight, so don't wait dinner (for me). , . 3 [I] stop a vehicle at the side of the road for a short time : No Waiting, ie as a warning that vehicles must not stop at the side of the road even for a short time. .4 (idm ) keep sb `waiting cause sb to wait or be delayed, eg because one is unpunctual : I'm sorry to have kept you waiting. , . * He kept us waiting for ages while he packed his luggage. , . ready and waiting => ready. time and tide wait for no man => time1. ,wait and `see wait and find out what will happen before taking action; be patient ; : We shall just have to wait and see; there's nothing we can do at the moment. , . wait at `table (US wait on `table) (of a waiter or a servant in a private house) serve food and drink to people, clear away dishes, etc . wait for the `cat to jump/to see `which way the `cat jumps (infml ) delay taking action or a decision until it becomes clear how events will turn out . `wait for it (infml ) (used as a warning to sb not to act, speak, etc before the proper time to do so has come ). (play) a `waiting game (cause) a deliberate delay in taking action so that one may act more effectively later . wait on sb hand and `foot serve sb by attending to all his needs : He seemed to expect to be waited on hand and foot. . what are we `waiting for? (infml ) let us go ahead and do sth, esp sth that has been planned or discussed , ? . what are you `waiting for? (infml ironic , ) why don't you get on with the job, work, etc? ? ? (just) you `wait (used when threatening sb that one will punish him or get one's revenge on him later ). 5 (phr v) wait about/around stay in a place (usu idly or impatiently, eg because sb who is expected has not arrived) , . wait behind stay after other people have gone, esp to speak to sb privately: Please wait behind after class today. . wait in stay at home, esp because sb is expected : I waited in all day but they didn't arrive. , . wait on sb (a) act as a servant for sb, esp by serving food and drink at a meal . (b) (dated fml , ) make a formal visit to sb to show respect . wait up (for sb) not go to bed (until sb comes home); stay up ; : I shall be home very late tonight, so don't wait up (for me). , .