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Another word for wait

  1. To look forward to confidently.

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  2. To continue to be in a place

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  3. To stop temporarily and remain, as if reluctant to leave

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  4. To put off until a later time

      1. To give up (a claim or right, for example) voluntarily; relinquish.
      2. To refrain from insisting on or enforcing (a rule, penalty, or requirement, for example); dispense with:
      3. To refrain from engaging in, sometimes temporarily; cancel or postpone:
      1. An article of furniture supported by one or more vertical legs and having a flat horizontal surface:
      2. The objects laid out for a meal on this article of furniture.
      3. The food and drink served at meals; fare:
      1. To bar for a period from a privilege, office, or position, usually as a punishment:
      2. To cause to stop for a period; interrupt:
      3. To hold in abeyance; defer:
      1. To continue to be in a place or condition:
      2. To remain or sojourn as a guest or lodger:
      3. To linger or wait in order to do or experience something:
      1. To place or arrange on a shelf:
      2. To put aside as though on a shelf:
      3. To cause to retire from service; dismiss:
      1. To transmit (money) in payment.
      2. To refrain from exacting (a tax or penalty, for example); cancel.
      3. To pardon; forgive:
      1. To cause or arrange for (an event) to take place at a time later than the time at which it was originally supposed to happen.
      2. To postpose.
      1. (idiomatic) To wait or delay.
      2. To support or lift.
      3. (idiomatic) To withstand; to stand up to; to survive.
      1. (idiomatic) To delay someone or something temporarily; to keep at bay.
      2. (idiomatic) To delay commencing (an action until some specified time or event has passed).
      3. (idiomatic, intransitive) To delay commencing an action (until some specified time or event has passed).
      1. To postpone until a later time; defer.
      2. To cause to be later or slower than expected or desired:
      3. To act or move slowly; put off an action or a decision.
      1. To put off; postpone.
      2. To postpone the induction of (one eligible for the military draft).
      1. To suspend until a later stated time.
      2. To suspend proceedings to another time or place.
      3. To move from one place to another:
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  1. An act or the time of waiting

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  1. To work and care for

  2. upon

  3. To place food before (someone)

Another word for wait

  1. To await

  2. To attend at table

Synonym Study

  • Tarry and linger imply a staying on after the required or expected time for departure, linger esp. implying that this is deliberate, as from reluctance to leave we tarried in town two days, he lingered at his sweetheart's door
  • Abide , now somewhat archaic, implies a staying fixed for a relatively long period, as in a settled residence he came for a visit and has been abiding here since
  • Remain specifically suggests a staying behind while others go he alone remained at home
  • Stay , a more general term, implies a continuing in a specified place stay there until you hear from me
  • Wait suggests remaining in place in anticipation of something wait for me at the library