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 for waiting
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Wait \Wait\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Waited; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Waiting.] [OE. waiten, OF. waitier, gaitier, to watch,
     attend, F. guetter to watch, to wait for, fr. OHG. wahta a
     guard, watch, G. wacht, from OHG. wahh[=e]n to watch, be
     awake. [root]134. See Wake, v. i.]
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     1. To watch; to observe; to take notice. [Obs.]
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              "But [unless] ye wait well and be privy,
              I wot right well, I am but dead," quoth she.
                                                    --Chaucer.
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     2. To stay or rest in expectation; to stop or remain
        stationary till the arrival of some person or event; to
        rest in patience; to stay; not to depart.
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              All the days of my appointed time will I wait, till
              my change come.                       --Job xiv. 14.
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              They also serve who only stand and wait. --Milton.
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              Haste, my dear father; 't is no time to wait.
                                                    --Dryden.
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     To wait on or To wait upon.
        (a) To attend, as a servant; to perform services for; as,
            to wait on a gentleman; to wait on the table.
            "Authority and reason on her wait." --Milton. "I must
            wait on myself, must I?" --Shak.
        (b) To attend; to go to see; to visit on business or for
            ceremony.
        (c) To follow, as a consequence; to await. "That ruin that
            waits on such a supine temper." --Dr. H. More.
        (d) To look watchfully at; to follow with the eye; to
            watch. [R.] "It is a point of cunning to wait upon him
            with whom you speak with your eye." --Bacon.
        (e) To attend to; to perform. "Aaron and his sons . . .
            shall wait on their priest's office." --Num. iii. 10.
        (f) (Falconry) To fly above its master, waiting till game
            is sprung; -- said of a hawk. --Encyc. Brit.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Waiting \Wait"ing\,
     a. & n. from Wait, v.
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     In waiting, in attendance; as, lords in waiting. [Eng.]
  
     Waiting gentlewoman, a woman who waits upon a person of
        rank.
  
     Waiting maid, Waiting woman, a maid or woman who waits
        upon another as a personal servant.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  waiting
      adj 1: being and remaining ready and available for use; "waiting
             cars and limousines lined the curb"; "found her mother
             waiting for them"; "an impressive array of food ready and
             waiting for the guests"; "military forces ready and
             waiting" [syn: waiting, ready and waiting(p)]
      n 1: the act of waiting (remaining inactive in one place while
           expecting something); "the wait was an ordeal for him"
           [syn: wait, waiting]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  93 Moby Thesaurus words for "waiting":
     about to be, agape, agog, all agog, already in sight, anticipant,
     anticipating, anticipative, anticipatory, anxiety, apprehension,
     approaching, at hand, attendant, attending, awaiting, brewing,
     certain, cliff-hanging, close, close at hand, coming, confident,
     dalliance, dallying, dawdling, dillydallying, dread, eager,
     expectant, expectant waiting, expecting, forearmed, forestalling,
     forewarned, forthcoming, future, gaping, gathering,
     going to happen, helping, hopeful, immediate, imminent, impendent,
     impending, in anticipation, in danger imminent, in expectation,
     in prospect, in reserve, in store, in the cards, in the offing,
     in the wind, in view, instant, lingering, looking for,
     looking forward to, looming, lowering, lurking, menacing, menial,
     ministering, near, near at hand, nearing, not surprised,
     on the horizon, optimistic, overhanging, pessimism, prepared,
     preparing, ready, sanguine, servile, serving, servitorial, sure,
     suspense, tarriance, tarrying, that will be, threatening, to come,
     uncertainty, unsurprised, upcoming, waiting for, watching for
  
  

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