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Urdu meanings of WAIT with examples

Wait (Intizar)
Time waits for none.
(Waqat kisi ka intizar nahi kerta)

Sr.English WordsUrdu Words
انتظار کرنا ۔ توقف کرنا ۔ منظّر رہنا ۔ کھانا کھلانا ۔ کھانے کے لیے کسی کا انتظار کرنا ۔
اِنتظار میں ہونا ۔ کِسی توقع میں رُکنا ۔ تیار رہنا ۔
انتظار کرنا ۔
گھات ۔ تاک ۔ کمین ۔ انتظار ۔
منتظر رہنا ۔ انتظار کرنا ۔ ٹھہرانا ۔


verb (used without object)
to remain inactive or in a state of repose, as until something expected happens (often followed by for, till, or until):
to wait for the bus to arrive.
(of things) to be available or in readiness:
A letter is waiting for you.
to remain neglected for a time:
a matter that can wait.
to postpone or delay something or to be postponed or delayed:
We waited a week and then bought the house. Your vacation will have to wait until next month.
to look forward to eagerly:
I'm just waiting for the day somebody knocks him down.
verb (used with object)
to continue as one is in expectation of; await:
to wait one's turn at a telephone booth.
to postpone or delay in expectation:
Don't wait supper for me.
Archaic. (of things) to be in readiness for; be reserved for; await:
Glory waits thee.
Archaic. to attend upon or escort, especially as a sign of respect.


an act or instance of waiting or awaiting; delay; halt:
a wait at the border.
a period or interval of waiting:
There will be a long wait between trains.
  1. the time between two acts, scenes, or the like.
  2. stage wait.
  1. waits, (formerly) a band of musicians employed by a city or town to play music in parades, for official functions, etc.
  2. a street musician, especially a singer.
  3. one of a band of carolers.
  4. a piece sung by carolers, especially a Christmas carol.
Obsolete. a watchman. 

Verb phrases

wait on,
  1. to perform the duties of an attendant or servant for.
  2. to supply the wants of a person, as serving a meal or serving a customer in a store.
  3. to call upon or visit (a person, especially a superior):
    to wait on Her Majesty at the palace.
  4. Falconry. (of a hawk) to soar over ground until prey appears.
  5. Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. to wait for (a person); await.
  6. Also, wait upon. to await (an event).
wait up,
  1. to postpone going to bed to await someone's arrival.
  2. Informal. to halt and wait for another to join one, as in running or walking:
    Wait up, I can't walk so fast.
lie in wait, to wait in ambush:
The army lay in wait in the forest.

Can be confused
wait, weight.


1. await, linger, abide, delay. Wait, tarry imply pausing to linger and thereby putting off further activity until later. Wait usually implies staying for a limited time and for a definite purpose, that is, for something expected: to wait for a train. Tarry is a somewhat archaic word for wait, but it suggests lingering, perhaps aimlessly delaying, or pausing (briefly) in a journey: to tarry on the way home; to tarry overnight at an inn.

Usage note

15e, f. Sometimes considered objectionable in standard usage, the idiom wait on meaning “to wait for, to await (a person)” is largely confined to speech or written representations of speech. It is most common in the Midland and Southern United States: Let's not wait on Rachel, she's always late. Wait on or upon (an event) does not have a regional pattern and occurs in a wide variety of contexts: We will wait on (or upon) his answer and make our decision then. The completion of the merger waits upon news of a drop in interest rates.

Examples from the web for wait

  • If you do, then maybe spaces will open up early and colleges may know about yield and the wait list sooner.
  • Others are facing new unpaid tuition bills for spring semester while they still wait for their benefits for the fall.
  • Train spotters had better wait a while before booking their tickets.
  • In the case of older wines, one should not wait to pour the wine after decanting, but instead serve it immediately.
  • Rarely has a birth been so anticipated, or the wait so suspenseful.
  • Your cool-season annuals will grow stronger and bloom longer than if you wait until spring.
  • Countries that do not yet even have a launch date should be prepared for a long wait.
  • Better to stand pat and wait for the tenure-track openings.
  • And those millions will wait until the day when cooler heads prevail over the current draconian philosophies.
  • Well, it could, if you were willing to wait a few hours and pay hundreds of dollars for a food stylist's time.
British Dictionary definitions for wait


when intr, often foll by for, until, or to. to stay in one place or remain inactive in expectation (of something); hold oneself in readiness (for something)
to delay temporarily or be temporarily delayed: that work can wait
when intr, usually foll by for. (of things) to be in store (for a person): success waits for you in your new job
(intransitive) to act as a waiter or waitress
the act or an instance of waiting
a period of waiting
(pl) (rare) a band of musicians who go around the streets, esp at Christmas, singing and playing carols
an interlude or interval between two acts or scenes in a play, etc
lie in wait, to prepare an ambush (for someone)

Word Origin and History for wait

c.1200, "to watch with hostile intent, lie in wait for," from Old North French waitier "to watch" (Old French gaitier, Modern French guetter), from Frankish *wahton (cf. Dutch wacht "a watching," Old High German wahten, German wachten "to watch, to guard;" Old High German wahhon "to watch, be awake," Old English wacian "to be awake;" see wake (v.)). General sense of "remain in some place" is from late 14c.; that of "to see to it that something occurs" is late 14c. Meaning "to stand by in attendance on" is late 14c.; specific sense of "serve as an attendant at a table" is from 1560s. Related: Waited; waiting.

To wait (something) out "endure a period of waiting" is recorded from 1909, originally American English, in reference to baseball batters trying to draw a base on balls. Waiting game is recorded from 1890. Waiting room is attested from 1680s. Waiting list is recorded from 1897; the verb wait-list "to put (someone) on a waiting list" is recorded from 1960.

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