Wait vs. Weight

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Wait means to stay in a place, to stay ready, to defer to a later time. Related words are waits, waited, waiting. Wait appears in the thirteenth century from the Old French gaitier meaning defend, watch out, be on one’s guard, lie in wait for. In the late fourteenth century, wait came to also mean to abide in the same place.

Weight means 1.) heaviness of something. 2.) a unit of measure that measures the heaviness of something 3.) an object that is used to increase the heaviness of something 4.) blocks or discs lifted by health enthusiasts in order to build muscle mass 5.) the importance of something 6.) the influence something has 7.) density of fabric. Weight comes from the Old English word gewiht, meaning weighing, weight, downward force of a body, heaviness.


“Awesome! That was awesome!” said Alice Eckles, 56, of Belton, who had waited two hours for the team to arrive aftering flying in from New York, where on Sunday night the Royals defeated the New York Mets 7-2 to win the best-of-seven series four games to one. (The Kansas City Star)

While wait times for veterans seeking care remained among the longest in the nation, local officials said their hands were tied, limited by a lack of space and a veteran population growing many times faster than the national average. (The Fayetteville Observer)

Filmmaker Steven Spielberg has teased that he “can’t wait to work” with Harrison Ford in upcoming “Indiana Jones V”. (The Indian Express)

Even more detrimental to yoga’s popular weight loss mythology was a 2008 Bangalore study conducted by Mayasandra Chaya, the results of which were published in the International Journal of Yoga. (The News-Press)

Thirteen Huskers in all placed at the tournament as Nebraska had multiple wrestlers compete at every weight but had its starters wrestle in only seven divisions. (The Omaha World-Herald)

This is why Obama indicated last week that, from now on, the U.S. will give weight to the Kurdish forces, after declaring that the train-and-equip-program has come to its end. (The Hurriyet Daily News)

Information is good, in general, and one should give weight to the most widely accepted scientific research, whether it be on butter, climate change or the safety of vaccines. (The Bismarck Tribune)

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