see wait, v.
- Phrase. “lie in wait for”: ambush; prepare to snare; plan to waylay; hide in order to attack; be ready to prey on; be in position to capture.
wait [-ed, -s, -ing] v
ME waite-n, watch, guard < OFr < Germanic *wak-, wake.
- Expect; anticipate; hope for; listen for.
- Stop; pause; stay there; hold still for a minute.
- Serve; minister; stand in readiness to assist; [fig.] guard; watch over.
- Linger; tarry.
- Watch; guard; take care; [fig.] stay behind.
- Withhold; hold back; hide something; [fig.] veil; cover.
- Abstain; experience a delay; go without something.
- Stay; rest; sleep; [fig.] remain until the resurrection.
- Restrain one's self; exercise self-control.
- Age; come to fruition; fulfill the purpose for being.