The word ‘wait‘ can mean many different things. As a verb, the meaning is to stay where you are or to show someone is impatient.


For example:

  • Wait until the light turns green before you go. (stay)
  • Jimmy couldn’t wait open his presents. (impatient)
  • Wait is a regular verb. The past tense and past participle is waited.

phrasal verbs with wait

Phrasal verbs with ‘wait’ include:

  • wait about/around
    meaning – wait and do nothing
    example – I waited around by the gate for ages, but you didn’t show up.
  • wait behind
    meaning – stay after other people have left
    example – I waited behind after Pilates to talk to Mark but his girlfriend arrived.
  • wait in
    meaning – stay at home as you are expecting a visitor
    example – I waited in until 7:30, then I had to go to work.
  • wait on/upon
    meaning – wait for results or serve people
    example – I’m sick and tired of waiting on my kids. They destroy the house and don’t lift a finger to help.
  • wait up
    meaning – wait or stay awake until someone gets home
    example – Wait up! I need to ask you a question.

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phrasal verbs with wait

Let’s learn the meaning of the phrasal verbs that contain the verb ‘wait’ in more detail and see some examples in use.

phrasal verbs with wait - wait around/about
phrasal verbs with wait - wait behind
phrasal verbs with wait - wait in
phrasal verbs with wait - wait on/upon
phrasal verbs with wait - wait up

You can download a table of phrasal verbs with wait below.

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