Definitionsregional note: in BRIT, also use wait about
phrasal verb → wait If you wait around or wait about, you stay in the same place, usually doing very little, because you cannot act before something happens or before someone arrives. hang around [V P + for] ⇒ The attacker may have been waiting around for an opportunity to strike. [V P to-inf] ⇒ I waited around to speak to the doctor. [V P] ⇒ ...the ghastly tedium of waiting about at the airport.
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