endless, lengthy, long

We had a long wait to see the doctor.

agonizing, anxious, nail-biting, nerve-racking, nervous, worrying (all esp. BrE)
boring, tedious
two-hour, one-month, three-year, etc.
face (esp. BrE), have

The accused faces an agonizing wait while the jury considers its verdict.

wait for

a short wait for an ambulance

be worth the wait

The dress was so beautiful when it arrived that it was well worth the wait.

a while, long

You might have to wait a while before you get an answer.

Have you been waiting long?


We can't wait forever.

in vain

They waited in vain for a response.

quietly, silently
patiently, politely

He waited patiently while she got ready.

anxiously, impatiently, nervously, tensely

Their parents waited anxiously for news.

breathlessly, eagerly, expectantly, with bated breath

I waited with bated breath for what would happen next.

about (esp. BrE), around
have to, must

You'll have to wait until you're older.

can hardly, cannot

I could hardly wait for the weekend.

I can't wait to see their new baby.


I'm waiting for a bus.

till, until

We'll have to wait until it stops raining.

can't afford to wait

We simply cannot afford to wait any longer.

keep sb waiting

I'm sorry to have kept you waiting.

wait and see

You'll just have to wait and see what you present is.

wait a long time

She had to wait a long time for the right man to come along.

wait a minute, moment, second, etc.

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.

wait in line (esp. AmE)

I had to wait in line at the bank.

wait your turn

You'll have to wait your turn. These people all come before you.

Wait is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑cab, ↑fan, ↑passenger, ↑train, ↑vulture, ↑work
Wait is used with these nouns as the object: ↑minute, ↑month, ↑second, ↑time, ↑turn

Collocations dictionary. 2013.


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