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to wait (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
|Rank of this word in the English language, from analyzing texts from Project Gutenberg.|
Third person singular
- (transitive) to delay movement or action until the arrival or occurrence of; to await
- You'll just have to wait your turn.
- (intransitive) To delay movement or action until some event or time; to remain neglected or in readiness
- Wait here until your car arrives.
- (intransitive) To wait tables; to serve customers in a restaurant or other eating establishment.
- She used to wait down at the Dew Drop Inn.
- In sense 1, this is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive. See Appendix:English catenative verbs
transitive: delay until
delay until some event
to serve customers
- A delay.
- I had a very long wait at the airport security check.
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