wait a minute/moment/second

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of wait a minute/moment/second

1 used to tell someone to stop and wait briefly
  • Wait a minute. I need to tie my shoe.
  • If you will just wait a second, I can explain what happened.
2 used to interrupt someone or something because one has noticed, thought of, or remembered something
  • Wait a second—that's not what she said.
  • Wait a minute. I just remembered where I put the keys.

Word by Word Definitions

wait play
  1. : to stay in place in expectation of : await

  2. : to delay serving (a meal)

  3. : to serve as waiter for

  1. : a hidden or concealed position

  2. : a state or attitude of watchfulness and expectancy

  3. : one of a band of public musicians in England employed to play for processions or public entertainments

minute play
  1. : the 60th part of an hour of time : 60 seconds

  2. : the 60th part of a degree of angular measure

  3. : the distance one can traverse in a minute

  1. : to make notes or a brief summary of

  1. : very small : infinitesimal

  2. : of small importance : trifling

  3. : marked by close attention to details

moment play
  1. : a minute portion or point of time : instant

  2. : a comparatively brief period of time

  3. : present time

second play
  1. : next to the first in place or time

  2. : next to the first in value, excellence, or degree

  3. : inferior, subordinate

  1. : one that is number two in a series — see Table of Numbers

  2. : one that is next after the first in rank, position, authority, or precedence

  3. : one that assists or supports another

  1. : the 60th part of a minute of angular measure

  2. : the 60th part of a minute of time : 1/86,400 part of the mean solar day

  3. : an instant of time : moment

  1. : to give support or encouragement to : assist

  2. : to support (a fighting person or group) in combat : bring up reinforcements for

  3. : to support or assist in contention or debate


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