wait out


waited out; waiting out; waits out

transitive verb

: to await an end to
wait the storm out

Examples of wait out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With the presidential election between Biden and Trump neck and neck, Hawley and Schmitt could potentially wait out the Biden administration for a more favorable audience in a Trump administration. Daniel Desrochers, Kansas City Star, 9 May 2024 Matthew Macedo, who was staying at the hotel, said he was ushered into the hotel laundry room to wait out the storm. CBS News, 8 May 2024 Together with Shaun’s less-than-impressed girlfriend (Kate Ashfield), as well as his mother (Penelope Wilton) and step-dad (Bill Nighy), the hapless pals seek safe ground to wait out the impending end of days. Declan Gallagher, EW.com, 26 Apr. 2024 In 2021, the pair left Los Angeles and joined several other A-listers (Natalie Portman, Matt Damon and Julia Roberts) in moving to Australia to wait out the pandemic. Emily St. Martin, Peoplemag, 6 Apr. 2024 But credit to director of player operations Farhan Zaidi for waiting out Chapman and the market. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, 2 Mar. 2024 This is an alarming prospect for European officials who already believe Putin is digging in and trying to wait out the West. Luke McGee, CNN, 22 Feb. 2024 In 1779, the captain decided to wait out the winter in the Hawaiian Islands. Sonja Anderson, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Mar. 2024 His job is to watch over Bobby Asencio (RZA), a painter who became terminally ill and decided to wait out a cure by freezing himself. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 1 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1849, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wait out was in 1849

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“Wait out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wait%20out. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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