英 [weɪt] 美 [wet]
及物/不及物动词 等待; 等候; (尤指长期地)希望; 盼望
不及物动词 准备妥; 在手边; 可得到; 可使用
1. Wait a moment please.
2. The old man has no one to wait on him.
3. That matter can wait.
Wait is used in expressions such as wait a minute ,wait a second, and wait a moment to interrupt someone when they are speaking, for example because you object to what they are saying or because you want them to repeat something.
e.g. 'Wait a minute!' he broke in. 'This is not giving her a fair hearing!'
If an employee waits on you, for example in a restaurant or hotel, they take orders from you and bring you what you want.
e.g. There were plenty of servants to wait on her...
e.g. Each student is expected to wait at table for one week each semester.
If you say that you can't wait to do something or can hardly wait to do it, you are emphasizing that you are very excited about it and eager to do it.
e.g. We can't wait to get started...
e.g. It's gonna be great. I can hardly wait...
If you tell someone to wait and see, you tell them that they must be patient or that they must not worry about what is going to happen in the future because they have no control over it.
e.g. We'll have to wait and see what happens.
A：I’d like a refund on this sweater.
B：May I have a look at your receipt?
A：Oh, here you are.
B：All right. Wait a minute.
A：Flight BE 407 to Rome is delayed. Will passengers please wait in the lounge?
B：Oh, how annoying!
A：The time of departure will be announced as soon as possible.
B：It’s infuriating! I have to be in Rome by five.