Wait up – English Phrasal Verb – Online English Lessons

To wait up is to stay awake and not go to bed, because you are waiting for someone.

Examples of use:

1. I’ll be home late tonight. Don’t wait up for me.

2. What time did you get home last night? Your mother and I waited up for you until 2am because we were worried.

Wait up! (American English) is something you say to someone if you want them to stop and wait for you.

Examples of use:

1. Wait up! I’ll get my coat and come with you.

2. Wait up! I need to talk to you before you go.

3. Wait up! You’ve forgotten your briefcase.

wait up
present simple
wait up and waits up
-ing form
waiting up
past simple
waited up
past participle
waited up

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

Have you ever waited up for someone?

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