wait n

see wait, v.

  1. 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.

  1. Expect; anticipate; hope for; listen for.
  2. Stop; pause; stay there; hold still for a minute.
  3. Serve; minister; stand in readiness to assist; [fig.] guard; watch over.
  4. Linger; tarry.
  5. Watch; guard; take care; [fig.] stay behind.
  6. Withhold; hold back; hide something; [fig.] veil; cover.
  7. Abstain; experience a delay; go without something.
  8. Stay; rest; sleep; [fig.] remain until the resurrection.
  9. Restrain one's self; exercise self-control.
  10. Age; come to fruition; fulfill the purpose for being.