ETYM Old Fren. waite, guaite, gaite, French guet watch, watching, guard, from Old High Germ. wahta. Related to Wait.
The act of waiting (remaining inactive in one place while expecting something); SYN. waiting.
1. To stay in one place and anticipate or expect something.
2. To wait before acting; SYN. hold off, hold back.
3. To wait on tables; serve as a waiter; in restaurants.