What does wait mean?

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  1. (transitive, now rare) To delay movement or action until the arrival or occurrence of; to await. (Now generally superseded by “wait for”.)
  2. (intransitive) To delay movement or action until some event or time; to remain neglected or in readiness.
  3. (intransitive, US) To wait tables; to serve customers in a restaurant or other eating establishment.
  4. (obsolete) To attend on; to accompany; especially, to attend with ceremony or respect.
  5. (obsolete) To attend as a consequence; to follow upon; to accompany.
  6. (obsolete) To defer or postpone (a meal).
  7. (intransitive) To remain celibate while one's lover is unavailable.
  1. A delay.
  2. An ambush.
  3. (obsolete) One who watches; a watchman.
  4. (plural) Hautboys, or oboes, played by town musicians.
  5. (plural) Musicians who sing or play at night or in the early morning, especially at Christmas time; serenaders; musical watchmen. [formerly waites, wayghtes.]
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