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 The largest new spending initiative is about $37 million toward getting services to people with developmental disabilities who are on a waiting list. Rachel Herzog, Arkansas Online, 11 Jan. 2022 Because pigs have organs similar to those of humans, if those organs could be used in transplants, those on the waiting list could go back to living their lives. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 10 Jan. 2022 Those 60 and older who would like to get a spot on the waiting list should call CPA at 216-291-3902. cleveland, 27 Dec. 2021 Hadden and her family are on a waiting list to have her remains exhumed and returned. USA Today, 24 Oct. 2021 Furnary said that as of Thursday, there were 43 patients on a waiting list to have heart surgery — far above a typical count of 10 to 12. Annie Berman, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Oct. 2021 Currently, the charter schools supported by the foundation serve about 2,300 students from kindergarten through 12th grade, and about 1,000 more students are on a waiting list. Joe Tash, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Aug. 2021 The roster grew rapidly to more than 1,000 students, tracking an economic expansion fueled by high commodity prices and foreign borrowing, as a new middle class with disposable income sat on a waiting list to invest in their children’s futures. Joe Parkinson, WSJ, 18 May 2021 Not every Section 8 voucher waiting list in Arkansas takes longer than a year. Tess Vrbin, Arkansas Online, 6 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of waiting list

1892, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of waiting list was in 1892

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24 Jan 2022

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“Waiting list.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waiting%20list. Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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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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