Wait around – English Phrasal Verb – Online English Lessons

To wait around, or wait about (British English), is to stay in one place without doing anything, while you are waiting for something to happen or someone to arrive.

Examples of use:

1. I waited around for my bus for half an hour and then decided to walk.

2. We waited around all day for our new washing machine to be delivered, but it didn’t arrive.

3. Your train leaves at 6 o’clock. If you miss it you will have to wait around until 8 o’clock for the next one.

wait around / wait about
present simple
wait around / about or waits around / about
-ing form
waiting around / about
past simple
waited around / about
past participle
waited around / about

Can you think of any ways to use the phrasal verb ‘wait around‘ or ‘wait about‘ in a sentence?

Have you ever waited around for someone to arrive, or for something to happen?

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