ADJ. endless, long We had a long wait to see the doctor. | short | agonizing, anxious, nerve-racking, nervous, worrying | frustrating | boring, tedious
VERB + WAIT face, have The accused faces an agonizing wait while the jury considers its verdict.
PREP. ~ for a short wait for an ambulance
PHRASES be worth the wait The dress was so beautiful when it arrived that it was well worth the wait.
ADV. long Have you been waiting long? | in vain They waited in vain for a response. | quietly, silently | patiently, politely He waited patiently while she got ready. | anxiously, impatiently, nervously, tensely, uneasily Their parents waited anxiously for news. | breathlessly, expectantly, with bated breath I waited with bated breath for what would happen next. | about, around
VERB + WAIT have to, must You'll have to wait until you're older. | can/could hardly, can't/couldn't I can hardly wait for my holiday! I can't wait to see their new baby.
PREP. for I'm waiting for a bus. | till/until We'll have to wait until it stops raining.
PHRASES keep sb waiting I'm sorry to have kept you waiting. | wait a long time She had to wait a long time for the right man to come along. | wait a minute/moment Hey! Wait a minute! I'll come with you! | wait and see We'll wait and see what the weather's like before we make a decision.