waiting list


Definition of waiting list

: a list or roster of those waiting (as for admission to an organization or institution)

Examples of waiting list in a Sentence

I'll put your name on the waiting list.
Recent Examples on the Web Early this year, there were 742 inmates in the program, offered at 12 DOC facilities, and nearly 5,000 on a waiting list. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Appeals court: Mandatory 3 year sentence trumps early release requirement of substance abuse program," 10 Nov. 2020 Thirteen participants received the psilocybin treatment immediately after being enrolled, and 11 participants were put on a waiting list and received the same treatment after an eight-week delay. Katie Hunt, CNN, "'Magic mushroom' ingredient could work as mental health treatment," 7 Nov. 2020 Ramsey County more than doubled the number of poll workers to 2,500 this election, with about 700 placed on a waiting list, said David Triplett, the county’s elections manager. Janet Moore, Star Tribune, "Minnesota voters stream to the polls despite the coronavirus threat," 3 Nov. 2020 In the spring of last year, as the Jaguars had begun to look toward a new season, Cryer was diagnosed with nonalcoholic cirrhosis of the liver and by September, he was placed on a waiting list for a transplant. Jim Derry, NOLA.com, "Charlie Cryer: 'I always thought I would be back'," 30 Sep. 2020 Tickets are not yet on sale, but those interested in attending can sign up for a waiting list at www.thesavannahbananas.com/onecityworldtour. al, "Quirky Savannah Bananas bringing exhibition game to The Hank in 2021," 11 Nov. 2020 Now represented by the powerful gallery Hauser & Wirth, there’s a waiting list for Sherald’s paintings. James Tarmy, Bloomberg.com, "A New Sale Will Test the Auction Market for Works by Black Artists," 23 Oct. 2020 Last year all the spots were full, with a long waiting list of mostly pipeline workers. Washington Post, "West Virginia’s surprising boom, and bust, tells the story of Trump’s promise to help the ‘forgotten man’," 21 Oct. 2020 Other schools in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Rhode Island and Connecticut caught wind, and Broad soon had 108 partners and a waiting list. Melissa Korn, WSJ, "How a Pioneering Covid Testing Lab Helped Keep Northeast Colleges Open," 16 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of waiting list

1892, in the meaning defined above

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“Waiting list.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waiting%20list. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of waiting list

: a list that contains the names of people who are waiting for something

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