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Pronunciation of Waits: Learn how to pronounce Waits in English correctly

Learn how to say Waits correctly in English with this tutorial pronunciation video.

Oxford dictionary definition of the word wait:

[no object]
1stay where one is or delay action until a particular time or event:
he did not wait for a reply
we’re waiting for Allan to get back
Vera did not wait on a Home Office ruling
[with infinitive]:
Ben stood on the street corner waiting to cross
[with object]:
I had to wait my turn to play
(wait for or on) stay where one is or delay action until (someone) arrives or is ready:
he sits on the corner waiting for Mary
she was waiting on her boyfriend
be left until a later time before being dealt with:
we shall need a statement later, but that will have to wait
[with object] informal defer (a meal) until a person’s arrival:
I told my parents not to wait supper
2remain in readiness for a purpose:
he found the train waiting on the platform
(of a vehicle) be parked for a short time at the side of a road.
3 (cannot wait) used to indicate that one is eagerly impatient to do something or for something to happen:
I can’t wait to tell Nick what happened
4act as a waiter or waitress, serving food and drink:
a local man was employed to wait on them at table
[with object]:
we had to wait tables in the mess hall
1 [in singular] a period of waiting:
we had a long wait
2 (waits) archaic street singers of Christmas carols.
historical official bands of musicians maintained by a city or town.

in wait

watching for an enemy or potential victim and preparing to attack them:
he decided to lie in wait for the thief
wait and see

wait to find out what will happen before doing something:
we will have to wait and see what happens
wait for it

British informal do not act before the proper moment:
patrol—wait for it—halt!
you wait

used to convey a threat or promise:
you wait until your Dad gets in!
Phrasal Verbs

wait on (or upon)

1act as an attendant to:
a maid was appointed to wait on her
archaic pay a respectful visit to:
a deputation had waited upon Lords Salisbury, Redesdale, and Roxburghe
2await the convenience of:
to see the full series, we will have to wait on the BBC
Australian/NZ & Northern English informal refrain from doing something until something else happens:
wait on, I’ve an important message for you
wait up

1not go to bed until someone arrives or something happens:
I’ll be back late. Don’t wait up for me
2North American go more slowly or stop until someone catches up:
the kids bound out of sight, and I shout ‘Wait up!’

Middle English: from Old Northern French waitier, of Germanic origin; related to wake1. Early senses included ‘lie in wait (for’), ‘observe carefully’, and ‘be watchful’