(=waiting period) attente f
There was a long wait. Il y avait une longue attente.
→ the four-hour wait for the organizers to declare the result
We had a 30-minute wait for the bus. Nous avons attendu le bus pendant 30 minutes.
to lie in wait for sb guetter qn
→ She was lying in wait for me outside the classroom when I came out.
→ He lay in wait for her and shot her at almost point-blank range.
to wait until attendre que + subj
Wait until everyone has finished. Attendez que tout le monde ait fini.
You'll have to wait until tomorrow. Vous allez devoir attendre demain.
to wait for sb attendre qn
→ I've been waiting for you for ages!
I'll wait for you. Je t'attendrai.
Wait for me! Attends-moi!
to wait for sth attendre qch
→ I'm waiting for the school bus.
→ Stop waiting for things to happen. Make them happen.
to keep sb waiting faire attendre qn
They kept us waiting for hours. Ils nous ont fait attendre pendant des heures.
Sorry to keep you waiting. Désolé de vous avoir fait attendre.
to wait to do sth attendre de faire qch
I waited to see how she responded. J'attendais de voir comment elle réagissait.
"repairs while you wait" "réparations minute"
(=be ready, be there)
to be waiting for sb attendre qn
→ When I came back there was a shock waiting for me.
→ When I got to Paris there were security men waiting for me.
→ When we came home we had a meal waiting for us.
There was a letter waiting for me. Une lettre m'attendait.
can't wait (expressing eagerness)
→ I could hardly wait to get out of there.
I can't wait! J'ai hâte de voir ça!
I can't wait to see him again. J'ai hâte de le revoir.
We can't wait to get started. Nous avons hâte de commencer.
I can't wait for the holidays. J'ai hâte d'être en vacances.
I can hardly wait to tell her! J'ai trop hâte de lui dire!
(asking sb to stop, to explain sth)
→ Wait, what do you mean by that?
→ Wait, you've forgotten your jacket!
Wait, you can't go in there! Attendez un peu, vous ne pouvez pas entrer là!
Wait a minute! Attendez une minute!
→ Wait a minute, are you proposing to rewrite the entire play?
→ Wait a minute, what's going on?
wait for it! attendez!
→ Get ready ... not yet ... wait for it ... now go!
it can wait cela peut attendre
→ I want to talk to you, but it can wait.
wait and see
(=be patient) attendons de voir
what are you waiting for?
(=hurry up) qu'est-ce que vous attendez?
→ I was expecting a delivery and had to wait around at home all day.
to wait around for sth attendre qch
→ He waited behind to have a word with her in private.
vt fus servir
→ There were plenty of servants to wait on her.
vi attendre avant d'aller se coucher
→ I hope he doesn't expect you to wait up.
My mum always waits up till I get in. Ma mère attend toujours que je rentre avant d'aller se coucher.
Don't wait up for me. Ne m'attendez pas pour aller vous coucher.
→ I'll be home late, so don't wait up for me.