Synonyms of wait in English:

wait


See definition of wait

verb

1‘they waited in the airport for two hours’

SYNONYMS

stay, remain, rest, linger, loiter, dally, stop, stay put

informal stick around, kick about, kick around

archaic bide, tarry

ANTONYMS

leave

2‘she had to wait until her passport came through’

SYNONYMS

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’

SYNONYMS

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’

SYNONYMS

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’

SYNONYMS

delay, postpone, put off, hold off, hold back, defer


noun

1‘we resigned ourselves to a long wait’

SYNONYMS

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


Phrases

    wait on

      ‘the men ate in silence, waited on by the two girls’

      SYNONYMS

      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

    wait up

      ‘I'll be back late—don't wait up for me’

      SYNONYMS

      stay awake, stay up, keep vigil