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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Wait  \Wait\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Waited};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Waiting}.]  [OE.  waiten,  OF  waitier  gaitier,  to  watch, 
  attend,  F.  guetter  to  watch,  to  wait  for  fr  OHG.  wahta  a 
  guard,  watch,  G.  wacht,  from  OHG.  wahh[=e]n  to  watch,  be 
  awake.  [root]134.  See  {Wake},  v.  i.] 
  1.  To  watch;  to  observe;  to  take  notice.  [Obs.] 
 
  ``But  [unless]  ye  wait  well  and  be  privy,  I  wot 
  right  well  I  am  but  dead,''  quoth  she  --Chaucer. 
 
  2.  To  stay  or  rest  in  expectation;  to  stop  or  remain 
  stationary  till  the  arrival  of  some  person  or  event;  to 
  rest  in  patience;  to  stay;  not  to  depart. 
 
  All  the  days  of  my  appointed  time  will  I  wait,  till 
  my  change  come  --Job  xiv.  14. 
 
  They  also  serve  who  only  stand  and  wait.  --Milton. 
 
  Haste,  my  dear  father;  't  is  no  time  to  wait. 
  --Dryden. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Wait  \Wait\,  n.  [OF.  waite,  guaite,  gaite,  F.  guet  watch, 
  watching,  guard,  from  OHG.  wahta.  See  {Wait},  v.  i.] 
  1.  The  act  of  waiting;  a  delay;  a  halt. 
 
  There  is  a  wait  of  three  hours  at  the  border  Mexican 
  town  of  El  Paso.  --S.  B. 
  Griffin. 
 
  2.  Ambush.  ``An  enemy  in  wait.''  --Milton. 
 
  3.  One  who  watches;  a  watchman.  [Obs.] 
 
  4.  pl  Hautboys,  or  oboes,  played  by  town  musicians;  not  used 
  in  the  singular.  [Obs.]  --Halliwell. 
 
  5.  pl  Musicians  who  sing  or  play  at  night  or  in  the  early 
  morning,  especially  at  Christmas  time;  serenaders;  musical 
  watchmen.  [Written  formerly  {wayghtes}.] 
 
  Hark!  are  the  waits  abroad?  --Beau  &  Fl 
 
  The  sound  of  the  waits,  rude  as  may  be  their 
  minstrelsy,  breaks  upon  the  mild  watches  of  a  winter 
  night  with  the  effect  of  perfect  harmony.  --W. 
  Irving. 
 
  {To  lay  wait},  to  prepare  an  ambuscade. 
 
  {To  lie  in  wait}.  See  under  4th  {Lie}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Wait  \Wait\,  v.  t. 
  1.  To  stay  for  to  rest  or  remain  stationary  in  expectation 
  of  to  await;  as  to  wait  orders 
 
  Awed  with  these  words  in  camps  they  still  abide, 
  And  wait  with  longing  looks  their  promised  guide. 
  --Dryden. 
 
  2.  To  attend  as  a  consequence;  to  follow  upon  to  accompany; 
  to  await.  [Obs.] 
 
  3.  To  attend  on  to  accompany;  especially,  to  attend  with 
  ceremony  or  respect.  [Obs.] 
 
  He  chose  a  thousand  horse,  the  flower  of  all  His 
  warlike  troops,  to  wait  the  funeral.  --Dryden. 
 
  Remorse  and  heaviness  of  heart  shall  wait  thee,  And 
  everlasting  anguish  be  thy  portion.  --Rowe. 
 
  4.  To  cause  to  wait;  to  defer;  to  postpone;  --  said  of  a 
  meal;  as  to  wait  dinner.  [Colloq.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  wait 
  n  1:  time  during  which  some  action  is  awaited;  "instant  replay 
  caused  too  long  a  delay";  "he  ordered  a  hold  in  the 
  action"  [syn:  {delay},  {hold},  {time  lag},  {postponement}] 
  2:  the  act  of  waiting  (remaining  inactive  in  one  place  while 
  expecting  something);  "the  wait  was  an  ordeal  for  him" 
  [syn:  {waiting}] 
  v  1:  stay  in  one  place  and  anticipate  or  expect  something  "I  had 
  to  wait  on  line  for  an  hour  to  get  the  tickets" 
  2:  wait  before  acting  [syn:  {hold  off},  {hold  back}] 
  3:  look  forward  to  the  probably  occurrence  of:  "We  were 
  expecting  a  visit  from  our  relatives";  "She  is  looking  to 
  a  promotion";  "he  is  waiting  to  be  drafted"  [syn:  {expect}, 
  {look},  {await}] 
  4:  wait  on  tables;  serve  as  a  waiter;  in  restaurants  "I'm 
  waiting  on  tables  at  Maxim's" 




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