wait

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wait
‘wait’
You use the verb wait to say that someone remains in the same place, or avoids doing something, until something happens or someone arrives.
Please wait here until he is ready to see you.
She had been waiting to buy some stamps.
‘wait for’
You can say that someone waits for something or someone.
I stayed at home, waiting for her call.
If he's late, I'll wait for him.
You can also say that someone waits for a person or thing to do something.
She waited for me to say something.
I waited for Dad to come home.
Be careful
Wait is never a transitive verb. Don't say, for example, ‘I was waiting her call’. You must use wait for.
➜ See await
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