what is (someone) waiting for?

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of what is (someone) waiting for?

used to say that someone should do something immediately
  • What are we waiting for? Let's go inside and get something to eat.
  • If you have so much work to do, then what are you waiting for?

Word by Word Definitions

what play
  1. used as an interrogative expressing inquiry about the identity, nature, or value of an object or matter

  2. often used to ask for repetition of an utterance or part of an utterance not properly heard or understood

  3. : who

  1. : why

  2. : in what respect : how

  1. used as an interrogative expressing inquiry about the identity, nature, or value of a person, object, or matter

  2. : how remarkable or striking for good or bad qualities

  3. : whatever

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

wait play waiting
  1. : to stay in place in expectation of : await

  2. : to delay serving (a meal)

  3. : to serve as waiter for

  1. : a hidden or concealed position

  2. : a state or attitude of watchfulness and expectancy

  3. : one of a band of public musicians in England employed to play for processions or public entertainments

for play for?
  1. used as a function word to indicate purpose

  2. used as a function word to indicate an intended goal

  3. used as a function word to indicate the object or recipient of a perception, desire, or activity

  1. : for the reason that : on this ground : because

  1. : so as to involve prohibition, exclusion, omission, failure, neglect, or refusal

  2. : destructively or detrimentally

  3. : completely : excessively : to exhaustion : to pieces


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