1.1esperarI waited (for) hours — esperé horas
- I'll wait until tomorrow — esperaré hasta mañana
- wait until he asks you — espera (a) que él te pregunte
- sorry to keep you waiting — perdón por hacerlo esperar
- he loves to keep people waiting — le encanta hacerse esperar
- I can't wait to go on vacation — no veo la hora de irme de vacaciones
- I can't wait to see his face — me muero de ganas de ver la cara que pone
- [ S ]shoe repairs while you wait — se arregla calzado en el acto
- to wait to + inf
- she's waiting to see the doctor — está esperando para ver al médico
- I'm waiting to see his reaction — estoy esperando a ver cómo reacciona
- to wait for sth/sb — esperar algo/a algn
- I'm waiting for a bus/friend — estoy esperando el autobús/a un amigo
- I'll wait for you at the station — te espero en la estación
- to wait for sb/sth to + inf — esperar (a) que algn/algo + subj
- they're just waiting for him to die — están esperando (a) que se muera
- to wait on sth/sb (to + inf)
- I'm waiting on a call from New York — estoy esperando una llamada de Nueva York
- I'm just waiting on my boss to retire — estoy esperando (a) que se jubile mi jefe
1.2(be postponed)(business/repairs) esperaris it urgent, or can it wait? — ¿es urgente o puede esperar?
- Subtitled ‘another side of Cirque du Soleil,’ this one'll have to wait till the kids are in bed.
- Postpone those decisions that can wait until you feel more able to deal with them.
- Signing Dillon to a long-term deal is a priority, but it will wait until the off season.
- Anyhoo, I've run out of energy, and so any investigation of what on Earth the Council of Ministers is, will have to wait till some other time.
2(serve)to wait on sb — atender a algn
- to wait on a table — atender una mesa
- Testino arrived from Lima, in Peru, almost thirty years ago, with nothing to his name and ended up waiting tables to pay his way.
- The fortnight was officially launched on Tuesday, with visitors to the city's Market Square being waited on and served fine food and drink.
- The greatest of celebrity musicians will do fine under any system, while those who are currently waiting on tables or driving a cab to support themselves have nothing to lose.
- He was one of the footmen who waited at table.
- The arts for most is a sacrifice and in New Zealand many of your favorite local artists may well have served you a drink, or waited on your table - when anywhere else in the world they may well be living the high life.
- The only member of that group who will wait on tables next Sunday is Sean Carroll who has served at all of the 45 parties.
- Seneca ridiculed a wealthy man because he kept a handsome slave who was dressed like a woman when he waited at table.
- Some 12 or so young people from the Fagley Youth Club waited on table, served our food and generally looked after us to make it a wonderful party.
- I felt like a fraud, sitting in a pleasant room, served three delicious meals a day and being waited on by quietly efficient and obviously busy staff who even spoke a little English.
- No free training and advice, no house, clothes and media spotlight, just singing, acting, shooting or writing between waiting on tables and scrubbing floors.
- He then worked as an electronic appliance technician before switching to blue-collar jobs such as waiting on restaurant tables and selling audio equipment.
- In 1938, a young Tennessee Williams earned his keep waiting on tables in nearby Toulouse Street.
- The role involves mainly waiting tables, but occasionally also working behind the bar.
- If the truth be known, waiting tables was my only income.
1(await)to wait one's chance — esperar la oportunidad
- I'm waiting my chance to get my own back — estoy esperando la oportunidad de desquitarme
- you have to wait your turn — tienes que esperar (a) que te toque
2informal(delay)don't wait dinner for me — no me esperen para cenar
- He'd kept everything warm in the oven for her and Ashton agreed to wait dinner on her as he wasn't hungry.
3(serve)to wait table — servir a la mesa
1espera femininea two-hour wait — una espera de dos horas
- we're in for a long wait — tenemos para rato