AskDefine | Define waiting

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waiting adj : being and remaining ready and available for use; "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" [syn: ready and waiting(p)] n : the act of waiting (remaining inactive in one place while expecting something); "the wait was an ordeal for him" [syn: wait]

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  1. present participle of wait

Derived terms


  1. Watching, hence, an ogling.
  2. The act of staying or remaining in expectation.
  3. Attendance, service.


  • ca. 1393: William Langland, Piers Plowman, (C), iii. 94.
    Al the lordshep of lecherye in lengthe and in brede,As in workes and in wordes and waitynges of eyes.
  • 1871-72: George Eliot, Middlemarch, xxxvi.
    Green glasses for hock, and excellent waiting at table.
  • 1874: John Fiske, Outlines of Cosmic Philosophy, I. 122.
    In all ages, men have fought over words, without waiting to know what the words really signified.
  • 1876: Richard Watson Gilder, The New Day, A Poem in Songs and Sonnets
    There was an awful waiting in the earth,As if a mystery greatened to its birth.


Watching, hence, an ogling
he act of staying or remaining in expectation
Attendance, service


Extensive Definition

Waiting may refer to:
In music:
In other uses:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

about to be, agape, agog, all agog, already in sight, anticipant, anticipating, anticipative, anticipatory, anxiety, apprehension, approaching, at hand, attendant, attending, awaiting, brewing, certain, cliff-hanging, close, close at hand, coming, confident, dalliance, dallying, dawdling, dillydallying, dread, eager, expectant, expectant waiting, expecting, forearmed, forestalling, forewarned, forthcoming, future, gaping, gathering, going to happen, helping, hopeful, immediate, imminent, impendent, impending, in anticipation, in danger imminent, in expectation, in prospect, in reserve, in store, in the cards, in the offing, in the wind, in view, instant, lingering, looking for, looking forward to, looming, lowering, lurking, menacing, menial, ministering, near, near at hand, nearing, not surprised, on the horizon, optimistic, overhanging, pessimism, prepared, preparing, ready, sanguine, servile, serving, servitorial, sure, suspense, tarriance, tarrying, that will be, threatening, to come, uncertainty, unsurprised, upcoming, waiting for, watching for
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