Meaning

Primary

To Wait

Word Type

intransitive verb, transitive verb, godan verb

Explanation

This word consists of kanji with hiragana attached. Because the hiragana ends with an sound, you know this word is a verb. The kanji itself means wait so the verb version is to wait.

Reading

まつ
Kyoko
(Tokyo accent, female)
Kenichi
(Tokyo accent, male)

Explanation

You need to wait for your mama () all the time. You want to go out? You have to wait for mama to drive you. Want to eat dinner? You have to wait for mama to make you food. Hmm. Maybe all this waiting is really a you problem.

Context

Patterns of Use

  • 〜で待つ
  • 〜に待つ
  • 〜を待つ

Common Word Combinations

  • 外で待つ
    to wait outside
    ここで待つ
    to wait here
    前で待つ
    to wait in front
  • 楽しみに待つ
    to look forward to something
    待ちに待つ
    to eagerly await
    気長に待つ
    to wait patiently
  • 返事を待つ
    to wait for a reply
    電車を待つ
    to wait for the train
    バスを待つ
    to wait for the bus

Context Sentences

きっ茶店で、五時間待っていましたが、かれは来ませんでした。

I was waiting for five hours at the cafe, but he didn’t come.

スタバで待ってますね。

I'll be waiting for you at Starbucks.

ちょっと待って!財布を家に忘れたかも。

Wait! I might have forgotten my wallet at home.

Kanji Composition