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1‘they waited in the airport for two hours’
stay, remain, rest, linger, loiter, dally, stop, stay put
informal stick around, kick about, kick around
archaic bide, tarry
2‘she had to wait until her passport came through’
stand by, hold back, be patient, bide one's time, hang fire, mark time, kill time, waste time, cool one's heels, kick one's heels, twiddle one's thumbs
pause, stop, cease, halt, discontinue, rest
informal hold on, hang around, sit tight, hold one's horses, sweat it out
British informal hang about
3‘they were waiting for the kettle to boil’
await, look out, watch out
anticipate, expect, be ready, be in readiness
long for, hope for, count the days until
4‘it will have to wait until we've got some money’
be postponed, be delayed, be put off, be held back, be deferred
informal be put on the back burner, be put on ice
5‘we've waited dinner for forty minutes’
delay, postpone, put off, hold off, hold back, defer
1‘we resigned ourselves to a long wait’
delay, hold-up, period of waiting, interval, interlude, intermission, pause, break, stay, cessation, suspension, detention, check, stoppage, halt, interruption, lull, respite, recess, postponement, discontinuation, moratorium, hiatus, gap, lapse, rest, entr'acte
‘the men ate in silence, waited on by the two girls’
serve, attend to, tend, cater for, cater to, act as a waiter to, act as a waitress to
accommodate, minister to, take care of, look after, see to, succour, pander to
‘I'll be back late—don't wait up for me’
stay awake, stay up, keep vigil
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