Definition of wait list in US English:

wait list


North American
  • another term for waiting list
    • ‘The company deliberately holds production below demand, guaranteeing a wait list for its stylish cars.’
    • ‘Meaning that, you've got to fly business or be prepared to take a chance on the wait list.’
    • ‘He said it could take anywhere from ‘a few weeks to several months’ to get surgery wait lists back on track.’
    • ‘Put it on your wait list and they just mail it to you.’
    • ‘Add to that, he said in a 1994 report to the annual meeting, ‘we have 144 members on our golf wait list.’’
    • ‘The first 400 on The Crew's ticket wait list from the first show will have access to tickets to the second show.’
    • ‘Gausman had tried for two years to get a transfer - she tried Grannan's elementary school - but found all the desirable public schools have long wait lists.’
    • ‘That leaves an empty seat, and the airline is unable to offer it to anybody on a wait list or a go-show.’
    • ‘In December she was finally put on the wait list, but then developed a lung infection that led to pneumonia.’
    • ‘Because the school offers small class sizes, many of the courses have a wait list of three to six months.’
    • ‘Then off to Day 1 of the city Training Development Skills class for which I have been on the wait list for a year.’
    • ‘Last year, 26 patients died while on the wait list.’
    • ‘It had better: Toyota has a six-month-plus wait list.’
    • ‘It's not a wait list, it's a reserve list, which basically means it takes longer for a decision to be made.’
    • ‘It also wants the government to increase funding to reduce wait lists for surgery at B.C. hospitals and give doctors more say in rebuilding the health system, he said.’
    • ‘Almost nine months before, I had put down my name and my deposit on the wait list for a hybrid car.’
    • ‘The NDP's so-called commitment to health care has lead to longer wait lists, lots of out-dated medical equipment, and a shortage of nurses.’
    • ‘As of Dec. 4, 2003, the surgical wait list for Richmond Hospital sat at 4,500 patients.’
    • ‘Surgery was required and I was immediately admitted and put on the wait list for a surgical table.’
    • ‘Because of our extensive wait list it is important that we start expansion now.’
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[with object]North American
  • Put (someone) on a waiting list.

    • ‘Any MP who has a wait-listed flight, or wants an upgrade, they ring Hawesy and it's all sorted, mate.’
    • ‘The union works with the Dept. of Labor to provide direct entry into an apprenticeship program without having to be wait-listed.’
    • ‘But the middle school Lauren had her heart set on had no vacancies, and she was wait-listed.’
    • ‘And when wait-listed participants were allowed to choose which treatment they would receive, the overwhelming majority chose the VRE treatment.’
    • ‘The implementation of WLS has the potential to benefit registries, registrars who do not currently offer wait-listing services, and, most importantly, the public.’
    • ‘They were wait-listed students for whom openings became available.’
    • ‘The follow-up did not allow for comparison with an untreated control group since the original wait-listed group had gone on to receive therapy.’
    • ‘I was clearly informed by Cathay Pacific that I was within the first few wait-listed passengers and I was almost guaranteed the seat if I arrived on time.’
    • ‘This leads to a lot of confusion for RAC and wait-listed passengers.’
    • ‘We reach Dick at the Quebec city airport, where he's wait-listed for a flight to Ottawa.’
    • ‘Besides perfecting table manners, these sometimes wait-listed courses advise youngsters on how to shake hands, be courteous on the phone, and write thank-you notes.’
    • ‘Like him, Leeds businessman Ian Brown, 56, was wait-listed for an angioplasty.’
    • ‘Alternatively, the excess arises out of the inclusion of wait-listed passengers in booking data.’
    • ‘Another disgusted mother told the one private school where her son was wait-listed to just forget it - and put him into public school.’
    • ‘Perhaps if an equal number of eighth graders had been wait-listed, the two groups might have performed more similarly.’


wait list

/weɪt lɪst/