Pronunciation of Wait
/wˈe͡ɪt/, /wˈe‍ɪt/, /w_ˈeɪ_t/

Antonyms for wait:


Synonyms for wait:

Sense 1

pussyfoot, wait around, sit through, sit on, stay behind, wait out, wait up for, count down, lurk, stay around, skulk, procrastinate, outstay, sit up for, stopping, stay in, stick around, stop on, hang on, prevaricate, temporize, Shilly-shally, stay on.

Sense 2

hold on, postpone, adjourn, sit out.

Sense 3

shelve, hang up, spend, defer, waive.

Sense 4

park, stick, hang around, put off.

Sense 5


Sense 6

remit, wait on, kick around.

Sense 7

hang out, stalk.

Sense 15



stay, stick around.


lay for.


lay for, wait for, await.


red tape.

hang around

hang about.



look at



sit through, stay behind, sit out, stay in.

Other synonyms and related words:

defer, temporize, front, park, wait on, stir, clasp, deferment, clutches, bet, contain, postpone, watch, check, grip, dwell, gestate, custody, remit, reside, clench, reckon, hover, restrain, deferral, procrastinate, depend, prevaricate, abide, stopping, hold off, seem, inhabit, ask, wait for, hang out, appreciation, waiting, hold in, hold, take care, cargo hold, attend, look, holdup, expect, carry, require, face, Detainment, lurk, postponement, appear, bide, loiter, shelve, clutch, await, keep back, keep, sojourn, grasp, anticipate, cargo deck, retain, Holdback, hang around, hold on, search, cargo area, forbear, see, detention, handle, wait up for, sit up for, hold back, hang on, storage area, waive, stick, turn back, skulk, conceal, adjourn, continue, stop, calculate, hang about, Shilly-shally, bear, waitress, time lag, handgrip, tolerate, stick around.

Sense 2 (noun)

temporize, wait around, put off, procrastinate, sit on.

Sense 3 (noun)

stick around.

pause, delay (noun)

hold, rest, halt, stay.

wait (noun)

expect, waiting, time lag, hold back, hold off, delay, await, hold, postponement, look.

hesitate (verb)

falter, pause, shrink, balk, recoil, delay, hesitate, halt.

pause, rest (verb)

delay, await, linger, expect, tarry, remain, abide, watch, bide, hang out, hold back, hang around, hold on, stick around, anticipate, sit up for, mark time.

remain (verb)

linger, endure, persist, last, prevail, tarry, remain.

rest (verb)

rest, fix, stand, settle, subside, stay, becalm, tranquilize, quiet, sleep, slumber, settle down, stagnate, still, calm, mark time, vegetate.

Usage examples for wait:

  • I can wait no more.. - "An Outcast of the Islands", Joseph Conrad.
  • Then I must ask you to wait. - "Kent Knowles: Quahaug", Joseph C. Lincoln.
  • Atirupa, wait for a little while! - "Bubbles of the Foam", Unknown.

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