Definition of call waiting in English:

call waiting


mass noun
  • A service whereby someone making a telephone call is notified of an incoming call on the line that they are already using, and is able to place the first call on hold while the second is answered.

    • ‘The call waiting beeped in as we were talking and it was the policeman who found her address book and cell phone.’
    • ‘But like caller ID and call waiting, once people start using them, they won't get by without them.’
    • ‘The changes could also see increases on special phone features like call waiting and caller identification, while international calls will be cut in some cases by as much as 30 or 40 per cent.’
    • ‘Having completed that, providers next brought subscribers popular wireline features such as call waiting.’
    • ‘You might also want to cut out special services, like call waiting, three-way calling, and caller ID, which can save you as much as $30 a month.’
    • ‘Accumulate as many subscribers as possible and then start selling them services such as voice mail, call waiting, and follow-me calls.’
    • ‘It provides services that only a phone network cares about: call waiting, caller ID and lots of other stuff that phone companies like to sell.’
    • ‘It was an office phone, complete with eight lines, call waiting, hold buttons, and music.’
    • ‘It allows for things like call waiting and voice mail and is the springboard for Internet-ready capabilities.’
    • ‘Conversations overlap as each character jumps back and forth, using call waiting and passing phones among each other, carrying on multiple conversations simultaneously.’
    • ‘Caelyn was about to reply with some smart comment, when her call waiting went off.’
    • ‘VOIP offers all the options that callers are used to using such as call waiting, caller ID, unified messaging, directory services and vertical-specific applications.’
    • ‘She didn't wait for an answer, but there was a click from her end of the line, and a helpful mechanical voice told him ‘You are on call waiting.’’
    • ‘A single phone line with caller ID, call waiting and three-way calling will cost 830 a month.’
    • ‘Still consulting with finance, the CEO is interrupted by the persistent beep of call waiting.’
    • ‘That's probably because the pre-paid cards also offer value-added services such as caller-ID, call waiting and even voicemail and roaming services.’
    • ‘Do you really need call waiting, privacy manager and wire maintenance service?’
    • ‘‘For example, you can toggle back and forth between push-to-talk and call waiting,’ suggests Lawler.’
    • ‘To avoid the disruption, most users suspend call waiting while they are online, sometimes missing important phone calls.’
    • ‘You also might want to disable the call waiting for your telephone line.’


call waiting

/ˌkɔːl ˈweɪtɪŋ/