wait for


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wait for (someone or something)

To be in a state of expectation or anticipation for someone or something to arrive or for something to happen. Look, I'm not just going to hang around waiting for you to figure out what you want to do with your life—I've got my own dreams and aspirations. We're waiting for the weather to clear up before we start the game. I've been waiting for the bus for nearly an hour.
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wait for

v.
To await someone or something; remain in expectation for someone or something: I waited for my date in the lobby.
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We need to accept that waiting plays a part of our daily lives, so we need to wait for God's perfect time, for the right place with the right person to avoid getting hurt over and over again.
I will wait for you as the colloquy waits on polyphony; wait for you as the bunting waits on the berry.
The increase in average waiting time of video packets as the arrival rate of voice packets increase can be explained by the fact that as the arrival rate of voice packets increase, the number of voice packets to be processed in the system also increases and this in turn increases the average waiting time of video packets since video packets have to wait for voice packets found in the system to be serviced before they receive service.
As Nouwen has further explained, the whole meaning of the Christian community lies in offering a space in which we wait for that which we have already seen.
We wait for my husband's notes to materialise and then wait until the doctor arrives.
The biggest problem facing the NHS in meeting waiting time targets is the unacceptably long time some patients have to wait for diagnostic and therapy services, such as speech therapy.
Reductions in diagnostic waiting times are part of a wider programme to achieve an overall 18-week wait for all planned care treatments by December 2008.
Mr Wood, 55, is challenging these claims by giving details of his long wait for treatment.
Health Minister Lord Warner said the figures showed that the NHS remained on course to meet its commitment to deliver a maximum six-month wait for an operation by the end of the year.
According to annual surveys of Canadian physicians, the median wait for treatment after a referral from a general practitioner jumped by 90 percent between 1993 and 2003--from 9.3 weeks to 17.7 weeks.
GAO found that the average length of time VA reported that veterans wait for admission to BRCs was inaccurate.
Chisholm said: "Nothing matters more to patients than the length of time that they have to wait for treatment.
It is a major step towards achieving the Government's target of a three month maximum wait for an outpatient appointment by 2005.
Primary tenants must determine whether it is better to wait for the most stable subtenant or stem losses from unrented extra space, brokers said.
Based on their responses, we determined the average wait for each specialist and for each procedure.