• IPA: /ˈweɪtɪŋ/
    • (America, Canada) IPA: [ˈweɪ̯ɾɪŋ]
  1. present participle of wait#English|wait
    • 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.
    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)


  1. (obsolete) watching#Noun|Watching.
  2. The act of staying or remaining in expectation.
    • 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.
  3. Attendance, service.
    • 1872, George Eliot [pseudonym; Mary Ann Evans], chapter XXXVI, in Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life, volume II, Edinburgh; London: William Blackwood and Sons, OCLC 948783829 ↗, book IV (Three Love Problems), page 227 ↗:
      But it had never occurred to him that he should live in any other than what he would have called an ordinary way, with green glasses for hock, and excellent waiting at table.
  • French: attente
  • Italian: attesa, aspettazione (uncommon), aspetto (archaic)
  • Russian: ожида́ние

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