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Meaning of waiting by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • ( RP ) IPA: /ˈweɪtɪŋ/
    • Rhymes: -eɪtɪŋ



    1. Present participle of wait .
      Your guest has been waiting for you. ( progressive )
      Waiting for something to happen is part of the job. ( gerund )
      They hurried into the waiting car. ( participle used as adjective )

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    waiting ( countable and uncountable; plural: waitings )

    1. ( obsolete ) Watching .
    2. The act of staying or remaining in expectation.
    3. Attendance, service.

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    See also

    • waiting in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911


Explanation of waiting by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. being and remaining ready and available for use

    2. waiting cars and limousines lined the curb
      found her mother waiting for them
      an impressive array of food ready and waiting for the guests
      military forces ready and waiting
    1. the act of waiting ( remaining inactive in one place while expecting something )

    Definition of waiting by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Wait v. i. [imp. & p. p. Waited; p. pr. & vb. n. Waiting.] [OE. waiten, OF. waitier, gaitier, to watch, attend, F. guetter to watch, to wait for, fr. OHG. wahta a guard, watch, G. wacht, from OHG. wahhēn to watch, be awake. √134. See Wake, v. i.]

      1. To watch; to observe; to take notice. [Obs.]

      “But [unless] ye wait well and be privy,

      I wot right well, I am but dead,” quoth she. Chaucer.

      2. To stay or rest in expectation; to stop or remain stationary till the arrival of some person or event; to rest in patience; to stay; not to depart.

      All the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come. Job xiv. 14.

      They also serve who only stand and wait. Milton.

      Haste, my dear father; 't is no time to wait. Dryden.

      To wait on or To wait upon. To attend, as a servant; to perform services for; as, “to wait on a gentleman; to wait on the table”. “Authority and reason on her wait.” Milton. “I must wait on myself, must I?” Shak. To attend; to go to see; to visit on business or for ceremony. To follow, as a consequence; to await. “That ruin that waits on such a supine temper.” Dr. H. More. To look watchfully at; to follow with the eye; to watch. [R.] “It is a point of cunning to wait upon him with whom you speak with your eye.” Bacon. To attend to; to perform. “Aaron and his sons . . . shall wait on their priest's office.” Num. iii. 10. ( Falconry ) To fly above its master, waiting till game is sprung; -- said of a hawk. Encyc. Brit.

    2. Waiting, a. & n. from Wait, v.

      In waiting, in attendance; as, “lords in waiting”. [Eng.] -- Waiting gentlewoman, a woman who waits upon a person of rank. -- Waiting maid, Waiting woman, a maid or woman who waits upon another as a personal servant.