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  3  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. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Waiting  \Wait"ing\, 
  a.  &  n.  from  {Wait},  v. 
  {In  waiting},  in  attendance;  as  lords  in  waiting.  [Eng.] 
  {Waiting  gentlewoman},  a  woman  who  waits  upon  a  person  of 
  {Waiting  maid},  {Waiting  woman},  a  maid  or  woman  who  waits 
  upon  another  as  a  personal  servant. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  :  being  and  remaining  ready  and  available  for  use  "waiting 
  cars  and  limousines  lined  the  curb";  "found  her  mother 
  waiting  for  them";  "an  impressive  array  of  food  ready 
  and  waiting  for  the  guests";  "military  forces  ready  and 
  waiting"  [syn:  {ready  and  waiting(p)}] 
  n  :  the  act  of  waiting  (remaining  inactive  in  one  place  while 
  expecting  something);  "the  wait  was  an  ordeal  for  him" 
  [syn:  {wait}] 

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