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English definition of “waiting list”

waiting list

noun [C usually singular] uk   us  
a list of people who have asked for something that is not immediately available but will be in the future: The hospital has a two-year waiting list for minor operations. I'm afraid the course is full, but I can put you on the waiting list, in case someone else cancels.
(Definition of waiting list from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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