How to sign "wait" in American Sign Language (ASL)?
Meaning: To remain inactive or in a state of repose, as until something expected happens (often followed by for, till, or until).
Pronunciation (sign description): Two upright "5" hands (handshape) held in mid-space (location), palms in (orientation), fingers wiggle (movement).
Context or usage examples: "Please wait", "He was waiting for you".
Deaf signers inflect ASL base words, just like English has inflections such as "wait", "waiting", "waited", "long-waited", etc.
Meaning: To wait for a long time; to wait too long.
Pronunciation (sign description): Two upright "5" hands (handshape) held in mid-space (location), palms in (orientation), fingers wiggle (movement) at the same time moves in circular (or oval) motion.
It can also be part of a temporal aspect that indicates "have/has been waiting (for a certain duration of time)".
Context or usage examples: "He was waiting all day for you to give you a bouquet of flowers".
That's not all. There are more others what Deaf people inflect WAIT to convey other meanings, such as "WAIT-SO-LONG-th, PAH!", "WAIT-cs", etc.
First 100 words.
As you feel more comfortable with the first few hundreds of ASL signs, progress further with your vocabulary and learn signing more.