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(Informal) To suppose; presume; guess
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  1. (Informal) To suppose; presume; guess
  2. To consider likely or certain:
  3. To consider reasonable or due:
(Idiomatic) To wait, especially impatiently or restlessly.
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(Dated) Lameness; a limp.
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  1. (Dated) Lameness; a limp.
  2. A command to stop
  3. A suspension of movement or progress, especially a temporary one:
The period of time between; meantime
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  1. The period of time between; meantime
To see as a probable occurrence; expect:
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  1. To see as a probable occurrence; expect:
  2. To think of (a future event) with pleasure; look forward to:
  3. To think, speak, or write about a matter in advance.
To wait or stay temporarily:
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  1. To wait or stay temporarily:
  2. To stay for a time, esp. longer than originally intended; remain temporarily
  3. To wait for; await.
To cause to be temporarily inactive; briefly stop the action of (an electronic device, audio or video stream, etc.)
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  1. To cause to be temporarily inactive; briefly stop the action of (an electronic device, audio or video stream, etc.)
  2. To cease or suspend the action of temporarily; stop for an interim:
  3. To cease or suspend an action temporarily:
To await the arrival of.
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  1. To await the arrival of.
  2. To wait until the specified event occurs.
To continue in existence; endure:
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  1. To continue in existence; endure:
  2. To stand fast; remain; go on being
  3. To dwell, remain, reside, or stay.
To flirt; play at love
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  1. To flirt; play at love
  2. To spend (time) idly:
  3. To consider or occupy oneself with something in a careless or unserious fashion; toy.
To be left as still to be dealt with:
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  1. To be left as still to be dealt with:
  2. To continue in the same state or condition:
  3. To stay while others go
To run at a slow speed or out of gear. Used of a motor or motor vehicle.
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  1. To run at a slow speed or out of gear. Used of a motor or motor vehicle.
  2. To move slowly or without purpose:
  3. To pass (time) without doing anything:
(Intransitive, idiomatic) To wait, especially for a suitable opportunity.
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  1. (Intransitive, idiomatic) To wait, especially for a suitable opportunity.
(Figuratively) To stop making progress temporarily.
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  1. (Figuratively) To stop making progress temporarily.
  2. (Idiomatic, marching) To march in place, while still in step with the beat.
To attack from ambush
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  1. To attack from ambush
  2. To attack from a concealed position.
  3. To hide in ambush
(Idiomatic) to stay, linger or loiter
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  1. (Idiomatic) to stay, linger or loiter
  2. (Idiomatic) to spend time or be friends (especially to hang around with someone)
(Idiomatic) To stay; to linger; to remain.
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To be of service or use; function:
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  1. To be of service or use; function:
  2. To prepare and offer (food, etc.) in a certain way
  3. To do services or duties for; give service to; aid; assist; help
To give birth to a child
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  1. To give birth to a child
  2. To set free, as from captivity, peril, or evil:
  3. (Informal) To cause (votes, a political delegation, etc.) to go to the support of a particular candidate or cause
To be in charge of or at work at; manage or operate
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  1. To be in charge of or at work at; manage or operate
  2. To have the care of; watch over; look after:
  3. (With to) To look after (e.g. an ill person.) [from the early 14th c.]
(Music) To adapt (a composition) to other instruments or voices than those for which it was written, or to the style of a certain band or orchestra
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  1. (Music) To adapt (a composition) to other instruments or voices than those for which it was written, or to the style of a certain band or orchestra
  2. To come to an agreement:
  3. To put in the correct, proper, or suitable order
To cause to be in working or proper condition; put in order; arrange; fix; adjust
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  1. To cause to be in working or proper condition; put in order; arrange; fix; adjust
  2. To provide or establish as a model:
  3. To cause to begin an action:
To get or make ready; prepare
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  1. To get or make ready; prepare
  2. To cause to be ready.
To be of use or provide relief:
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  1. To be of use or provide relief:
  2. To give (one in need or trouble) something necessary, as relief, succor, money, etc.
  3. To give material or financial aid to:
To divide into portions; apportion
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  1. To divide into portions; apportion
  2. To divide into parts or shares for distribution; parcel.
  3. To provide with a share, inheritance, or dowry.
To be in store for:
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  1. To be in store for:
  2. To wait for.
  3. To wait for; expect
(Idiomatic) to rely upon, trust, or expect
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To be dependent on something or someone for support or help.
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  1. To be dependent on something or someone for support or help.
(Informal) To suppose; presume; guess
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  1. (Informal) To suppose; presume; guess
  2. To consider likely or certain:
  3. To consider reasonable or due:
To continue in existence; endure:
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  1. To continue in existence; endure:
  2. To stand fast; remain; go on being
  3. To dwell, remain, reside, or stay.
To await; wait for.
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  1. To await; wait for.
  2. To stay:
  3. To stay; continue
To stay in a place or be slow in leaving it, often out of reluctance:
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  1. To stay in a place or be slow in leaving it, often out of reluctance:
  2. To continue to live or exist although very close to death or the end
  3. To devote considerable time to something, especially in a leisurely fashion:
To continue in the same state or condition:
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  1. To continue in the same state or condition:
  2. To continue to be in the same place; stay or stay behind:
  3. To stay while others go
To brace or support with a stay or stays
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  1. To brace or support with a stay or stays
  2. To suspend by legal order the implementation of (a planned action), especially pending further proceedings:
  3. To remain or sojourn as a guest or lodger:
To wait or stay temporarily:
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  1. To wait or stay temporarily:
  2. To wait for; await.
  3. To stay for a time, esp. longer than originally intended; remain temporarily
(Idiomatic) To stay; to linger; to remain.
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To wait patiently for:
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  1. To wait patiently for:
  2. To stand fast; remain; go on being
  3. (Archaic) To stay; reside (in or at)
To wait; tarry.
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  1. To wait; tarry.
  2. To stay:
  3. To stay; continue
To pause or dwell (over or on something) in contemplation, deliberation, enjoyment, etc.
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  1. To pause or dwell (over or on something) in contemplation, deliberation, enjoyment, etc.
  2. To continue to stay, esp. from a reluctance to leave
  3. To devote considerable time to something, especially in a leisurely fashion:
To make a pause; be temporarily inactive; stop; hesitate
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  1. To make a pause; be temporarily inactive; stop; hesitate
  2. To cease or suspend an action temporarily:
  3. To cease or suspend the action of temporarily; stop for an interim:
To continue to be in a place or condition:
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  1. To continue to be in a place or condition:
  2. To keep up in a race or contest:
  3. To brace or support with a stay or stays
To delay or be late in going, coming, or doing something:
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  1. To delay or be late in going, coming, or doing something:
  2. To stay for a time, esp. longer than originally intended; remain temporarily
  3. To wait for; await.
To briefly delay, suspend, or postpone a court proceeding. See also continuance. To briefly delay, suspend, or postpone a court proceeding. See also continuance.
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  1. To briefly delay, suspend, or postpone a court proceeding. See also continuance. To briefly delay, suspend, or postpone a court proceeding. See also continuance.
  2. To put off or suspend until a future time
  3. To move from one place to another:
To give in to the wish or judgment of another, as in showing respect; yield with courtesy (to)
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  1. To give in to the wish or judgment of another, as in showing respect; yield with courtesy (to)
  2. To postpone the induction of (one eligible for the military draft).
  3. To put off to a future time; postpone; delay
To put off to a future time; postpone
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  1. To put off to a future time; postpone
  2. To act or move slowly; put off an action or a decision.
  3. To stop for a while; linger
(Idiomatic) To delay someone or something temporarily; to keep at bay.
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  1. (Idiomatic) To delay someone or something temporarily; to keep at bay.
  2. (Idiomatic, intransitive) To delay commencing an action (until some specified time or event has passed).
(Gram.) To put at or near the end of the sentence
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  1. (Gram.) To put at or near the end of the sentence
  2. To delay or put off an event, appointment etc.
  3. 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.
To send (money) in payment
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  1. To send (money) in payment
  2. To put back, as into a state or position
  3. To let slacken; decrease
To put on a shelf or shelves
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  1. To put on a shelf or shelves
  2. To furnish or outfit with shelves.
  3. To put aside as though on a shelf:
To brace or support with a stay or stays
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  1. To brace or support with a stay or stays
  2. To continue to be in a place or condition:
  3. To suspend by legal order the implementation of (a planned action), especially pending further proceedings:
(Music) To hold or prolong (a note or notes) in suspension.
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  1. (Music) To hold or prolong (a note or notes) in suspension.
  2. To cause to cease or become inoperative for a time; stop temporarily
  3. To stop temporarily
To postpone consideration of (a piece of legislation, for example); shelve.
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  1. To postpone consideration of (a piece of legislation, for example); shelve.
  2. To put on a table
  3. To enter in a list or table; tabulate.
(Now rare) To put aside, avoid.
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  1. (Now rare) To put aside, avoid.
  2. (Law) To forgo or relinquish voluntarily (a right, privilege, claim, etc. which one is legally entitled to enforce)
  3. To voluntarily give up, abandon, or surrender a right, privilege or claim. Usually, a right may only be waived if the person so doing has full knowledge of what the consequences might be.
The act of staying or remaining in expectation.
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  1. The act of staying or remaining in expectation.
  2. The act of one that waits
  3. A period of time spent waiting.

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
Find another word for wait. In this page you can discover 91 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for wait, like: pray for, be on the agenda, expect, cool-one-s-heels, stay-put, put on ice, halt, interim, time wasted, anticipate and tarry.