can't wait/can hardly wait meaning, can't wait/can hardly wait definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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wait  

  ( waits    plural & 3rd person present)   ( waiting    present participle)   ( waited    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   When you waitfor something or someone, you spend some time doing very little, because you cannot act until that thing happens or that person arrives.  
no passive  
I walk to a street corner and wait for the school bus...      V for n  
Stop waiting for things to happen. Make them happen...      V for n to-inf  
I waited to see how she responded...      V to-inf  
Angus got out of the car to wait...      V  
We will have to wait a week or so before we know whether the operation is a success...      V n  
He told waiting journalists that he did not expect a referendum to be held for several months.      V-ing, Also V n for n  
  waiting      n-uncount  
The waiting became almost unbearable.     
2       n-count   A wait is a period of time in which you do very little, before something happens or before you can do something.  
usu sing  
...the four-hour wait for the organizers to declare the result.     
3       verb   If something is waitingfor you, it is ready for you to use, have, or do.  
usu cont  
There'll be a car waiting for you...      V for n  
When we came home we had a meal waiting for us...      have n V-ing for n  
Ships with unfurled sails wait to take them aboard...      V to-inf  
4       verb   If you say that something can wait, you mean that it is not important or urgent and so you will deal with it or do it later.  
no cont  
I want to talk to you, but it can wait...      V  
Any changes will have to wait until sponsors can be found.      V  
5       verb   You can use wait when you are trying to make someone feel excited, or to encourage or threaten them.  
only imper  
If you think this all sounds very exciting, just wait until you read the book...      V until cl/n  
As soon as you get some food inside you, you'll feel more cheerful. Just you wait.      V  
6       verb   Wait is used in expressions such as wait a minute, wait a second, and wait a moment to interrupt someone when they are speaking, for example because you object to what they are saying or because you want them to repeat something.  
SPOKEN   only imper   (=hold on, hang on)  
`Wait a minute!' he broke in. `This is not giving her a fair hearing!'      V n  
7       verb   If an employee waitson you, for example in a restaurant or hotel, they take orders from you and bring you what you want.  
There were plenty of servants to wait on her...      V on n  
Each student is expected to wait at table for one week each semester.      V at n  
8    If you say that you can't wait to do something or can hardly wait to do it, you are emphasizing that you are very excited about it and eager to do it.  
SPOKEN  
can't wait/can hardly wait             phrase   oft PHR to-inf     (emphasis)    We can't wait to get started..., It's gonna be great. I can hardly wait...     
9    If you tell someone to wait and see, you tell them that they must be patient or that they must not worry about what is going to happen in the future because they have no control over it.  
wait and see      phrase   oft PHR n, PHR wh  
We'll have to wait and see what happens., ...a wait-and-see attitude.      wait around      phrasal verb  
in BRIT, also use wait about      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.  
The attacker may have been waiting around for an opportunity to strike...      V P for n  
I waited around to speak to the doctor.      V P to-inf  
...the ghastly tedium of waiting about at the airport.      V P   wait in      phrasal verb   If you wait in, you deliberately stay at home and do not go out, for example because someone is coming to see you.  
  (mainly BRIT)   (=stay in)  
If I'd waited in for you I could have waited all day...      V P for n   wait on      phrasal verb   If you are waiting on something, you are waiting for it to happen, for example before you do or decide anything.  
  (AM)  
Since then I've been waiting on events...      V P n   wait up  
1       phrasal verb   If you wait up, you deliberately do not go to bed, especially because you are expecting someone to return home late at night.   (=stay up)  
I hope he doesn't expect you to wait up for him...      V P for n  
Don't wait up.      V P  
2       phrasal verb   If you ask someone to wait up, you are asking them to go more slowly or to stop and wait for you.  
  (AM)  
INFORMAL   usu imper   (=wait)  
I was running down the hill shouting, `Michael, Michael, man, wait up'.      V P  
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
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exp.
if you can't be arsed to do something, you can't be bothered to do it (you are too lazy to do it)
colloquial, British, very common
exp.
I can't understand it, I can't believe it, I can't accept it
n.
this expression means 'he is very good at criticizing others but he can't accept criticism from others'
v.
am not
as in, I amn't going to the store. to replace the word ain't.
exp.
¡no toques eso!
exp.
wait for something, usually linked to a previous event, to happen; expect something that can not be avoided to happen
exp.
expression used when referring to something that is unlikely to happen soon (not in the time interval that one can resist holding his breath)
E.g.: "Will the economy recover any soon?" - "Don't hold your breath."
exp.
t'as pas compris, tu veux que je te fasses un dessin?
what part of "you can't come with us" don't you understand? what part of "NO" don't you understand?
exp.
expression used for warning that, although something seems to be over, settled, new events that could change the situation may occur
syn.: "it ain't over till it's over"
exp.
ça craint! ; c'est nul!
[Arg.];[Slang]
exp.
I have no idea; I don't have a clue
[Informal] E.g.: Why was she upset? - Beats me!
n.
someone who is picky about food, doesn't want to try new foods
exp.
consider that two parties don't owe anything to each other
n.
is a test process that is performed after the software has been changed in order to verify if the changes didn't affect other software parts
n.
means a liquid is not clear: this tea's got bits in it, I don't like yogurt with bits in it
assez proche de l'idée de 'il y a à boire et à manger'
exp.
a humorous way of saying that someone doesn't like or love the speaker.
[Hum.] E.g.: You've seen the way she treated me last time we met. It's clear: she loves me not.
adj.
term used for describing the lifestyle of married or unmarried long-term couples who don't live under the same roof
[Psych.] acronym: LAT. e.g LAT couples, LAT relationships

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