Definition of waiting in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈweɪtɪŋ/


[mass noun]
1The action of staying where one is or delaying action until a particular time or event: years of waiting
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  • The inevitable result is that waiting times have grown and now stand at a staggering 53 weeks for a routine MRI scan.
  • No forms to fill out, no instant check, no waiting period.
  • Blair led the way out of the office and into the larger waiting area.
2The action or occupation of working as a waiter or waitress: [as modifier]: waiting staff
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  • Its drive began when generous waiting staff donated a week's tips to the cause.
  • A special thank you to all the enthusiastic young waiting staff who worked so hard and were a pleasure to work with.
  • There was a mix of waiting and bar staff, including Asians and people from the Continent, Australia and New Zealand.
3Official attendance at court. See also lady-in-waiting.

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