What does ‘wait’ mean?

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 (do nothing)
  • Wait behind (stay after other people have left)
  • Wait in (stay at home as you are expecting something)
  • Wait on/upon (serve people)
  • Wait up (stay awake as you are expecting something)
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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