stay somewhere without doing anything until sb/sth comes or sth happens
act or time of waiting
"instant replay caused too long a delay"
"he ordered a hold in the action"
"the wait was an ordeal for him"
"I had to wait on line for an hour to get the tickets"
"the scientists held off announcing their results until they repeated the experiment"
"We were expecting a visit from our relatives"
"She is looking to a promotion"
"he is waiting to be drafted"
"I'm waiting on tables at Maxim's"
She lay in wait for unsuspecting travellers.
出自： A. T. Ellis
The only condition on which he would agree to wait for his money.
出自： H. Caine
Things waited for with dread rarely turned out as expected.
出自： M. Sarton
I couldn't see the girls anywhere, there were just a few old men waiting about doing nothing.
Show the guests to their seats.Don't keep them waiting about in the hall.
You've kept me waiting about here for a whole hour.
There was I, waiting at the church.
我就在那里,在教堂等待。 wait at table
She couldn't get any other job except waiting at table, so she had to do that although it was poorly paid and hard on her feet.
I'd like to ask you something in private. Could you wait behind for a couple of minutes?
One or two students waited behind to put more questions to the teacher.
We will wait for you on the corner of Broadway and 86th Street.
We waited for him more than an hour and finally left.
I've been waiting for the bus for half an hour.
The young people took over window seats on the right side, waiting for the approach of the great oak tree.
We are waiting for better weather.
He waited impatiently for an answer.
The children wait impatiently for the vacation.
I can't wait for this week to end.
Slippers were waiting for you by the bed.
A letter is waiting for you on the table.
Your tea is waiting for you, don't let it get cold.
The contract is waiting for your signature.
He always has to be waited for.
他总是要人等他。 wait for sb/sth to-v
The shepherd boy waited for his sheep to drink.
He is waiting for something good to turn up.
They are waiting for the rain to stop.
You must wait for permission to enter.
你必须等到允许你进去时再进去。 wait for the cat to jump
She waited for the cat to jump before she made up her mind.
她观望了形势以后才作出决定。 wait sth for sb
Don't wait dinner for me,I may be late.
不要等我吃晚饭,我可能晚回来。 wait for a dead man's shoes
The only way you'll get to the top in this firm is by waiting for dead men's shoes.
你在公司中要获得高位的唯一办法是等别人死后去接班。 wait for it
Ready, aim, wait for it!Fire!
“But what happened to the girl?”“Wait for it,I'm coming to that part.”
Victory will never come if we only wait for it.
我们等着你们的回信。 wait on sb
She waited on her sick mother day and night.
The old man expected his entire family to wait on him.
They wait on guests very well in this hotel.
The old worker remembers his own youth, when he was a poor servant waiting on the rich family.
He expected his wife to wait on him hand and foot.
The gentleman had a valet to wait on him hand and foot.
Don't expect me to wait on you hand and foot, make your own breakfast.
The old lady does not like to be waited on, because she thinks she is still capable of taking care of herself.
那位老太太认为自己还能自理,因而不喜欢别人服侍她。 wait on sb
She looked around for a salesman to wait on her.
We were waited on by a pretty girl in a pink apron.
招待我们的是一位穿粉红色围裙的漂亮姑娘。 wait on sb
Anna waited on the senator with a letter of introduction.
安娜带了介绍信拜访那位参议员。 wait on sth
Success waits on hard work.
May success wait on your efforts.
Ruin will wait on such conduct.
His whole future waits on the results of the examinations.
考试的结果关系着他整个的前途。 wait on table
The only job he could get was waiting on table, but it was better than nothing.
请进来,别在外面雨里等。 wait sb ⇔ out
The enemy are still advancing, but we can wait them out in this valley.
敌军仍在前进,不过我们可以在这个山谷里以逸待劳把他们拖垮。 wait sth ⇔ out
We waited out the storm all night, and made our way into the harbour in the morning.
误 He said he couldn't wait to Monday.
正 He said he couldn't wait till Monday.
误 I'll wait you at the gate.
正 I'll wait for you at the gate.
析 表示“等某人”时, wait用作不及物动词,其后须加介词for。
误 I'm waiting that someone tells me what happened.
正 I'm waiting for someone to tell me what happened.
析 wait后面不可以接that从句,表示“等某人做某事”可以说wait for sb to do sth。
误 She waits her husband on from morning till night.
正 She waits on her husband from morning till night.
析 wait作“服侍”“伺候”“招待”解时,用wait on〔upon〕 sb 形式。其中on是介词,不是副词,宾语只能放在on之后。
误 I shall wait hearing from you.
正 I shall wait to hear from you.
误 Huch didn't wait hearing more.
正 Huch didn't wait to hear more.
误 She will never learn to wait at the table.
正 She will never learn to wait at table.
析 表示“侍候人吃饭”,可以说wait at table,这是英式英语,美式英语中则说wait on table, table前都不加冠词。
误 He is waiting for his opportunity.
正 He is waiting his opportunity.
析 wait表示“等待”,接chance, opportunity等抽象名词作宾语时一般用作及物动词。
误 I'll wait for the photos be ready.
正 I'll wait for the photos to be ready.
析 wait for后跟含to的不定式短语的复合宾语, to不可省略。