Definition of waiting list in English:

waiting list


  • A list of people waiting for something, such as housing or admission to a hospital or school.

    • ‘Mr Greenway claims the decision does not make sense and will increase patient waiting lists at other hospitals.’
    • ‘Housing stocks are limited and waiting lists in the borough continue to grow.’
    • ‘The gynaecology waiting lists are some of the shortest waiting lists at the hospital.’
    • ‘He attended the hospital for five months and was placed on a waiting list for a liver transplant.’
    • ‘In two thirds of cities surveyed, waiting lists for public housing are a year or longer.’
    • ‘The fund was set up two years ago to reduce waiting lists for hospitals.’
    • ‘So are most of the people whose names languish on social housing waiting lists around Nunavut.’
    • ‘They also spent over two years on the active waiting list before receiving a transplant.’
    • ‘Thousands of other sick people languishing on transplant waiting lists across the country are not so lucky.’
    • ‘The Auditor General's report into hospital waiting lists last week was pretty damning any way you look at it.’
    • ‘Charging patients who fail to keep hospital appointments could cut hospital waiting lists.’
    • ‘The housing waiting list was still far too long and he hoped to see more schools completed on the new housing estates.’
    • ‘Once the guide dogs are fully trained they are matched with a blind person on the waiting list.’
    • ‘Joy arrived five years ago, when she was put on the waiting list for social housing.’
    • ‘The waiting list for heart surgery in a public hospital is now more than a year.’
    • ‘The total raised so far could wipe out NHS waiting lists for eight years.’
    • ‘Housing chiefs say that waiting lists and homelessness are likely to grow during this period.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, this fell on the very day that we learned that hospital waiting lists are longer than ever.’
    • ‘Nearly half a million people could benefit from a new scheme aimed at reducing hospital waiting lists.’
    • ‘I find that your name is still on the waiting list and that you have not yet been admitted to hospital for your operation.’
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