queuequeue1 /kjuː/ ●●○S3 noun [countable]1LINEWAIT British English a line of people waiting to enter a building, buy something etc, or a line of vehicles waiting to movesyn line American Englishbe/stand/wait in a queueWe stood in a queue for half an hour.You’ll have to join the queue.queue ofa queue of people waiting for the busqueue forthe queue for the toiletsqueue to do somethingThere was a long queue to get into the cinema.the front/head/back/end of a queueAt last we got to the front of the queue.2British English all the people who are waiting to have or get somethingYou’ll have to join the housing queue.queue forthe queue for kidney transplant operationsIt is possible to jump the queue (=get something before people who have been waiting longer) if you are prepared to pay for your treatment.3technicalTD a list of jobs that a computer has to do in a particular orderthe print queue4a number of telephone calls to a particular number that are waiting to be answered → the dole queueat dole1(2)COLLOCATIONSverbsstand/wait in a queueShe stood in the queue at the checkout.be in a queueI've been in this queue for fifteen minutes.form a queueOther passengers for the train were forming a queue.join a queueHe went back inside to join the queue for the toilets.take your place in a queue (=join it)I walked to the bus stop and took my place in the queue.jump the queue (=go to the front rather than joining the end of a queue)An argument developed when she tried to jump the queue.a queue formsA queue had formed outside the shop.a queue stretches somewhereThe queue stretched the full length of the building.adjectiveslong/bigAlready a long queue had formed outside the concert hallThere was a big queue.smallThere was a small queue of people waiting to see the doctor.an orderly queue (=with no bad behaviour or pushing in front of other people)She told the children to form an orderly queue.phrasesthe front/head of the queueHe pushed his way to the front of the queue.the back/end of the queueGet to the back of the queue!be first in a queueI wanted to be first in the queue when the doors opened.
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queue• The women who were waiting outside the toilets began to form a queue.• There was a queue of about fifteen people at the busstop.• Before long, lengthyqueues began to form before opening time.• There was a long queue for the toilets.• Three girlslost two weeks for talking in the medicinequeue whilst waiting for doses.• If you're heading for the Paris Disney during the Easterholidays, how can you beat the queues?• Meredith, recalling her briefconversation with Deanes in the queue, felt compelled to defend him.• Excuse me, are you in the queue?• I joined the queue for a taxi.• Another person joined the queue and the old lady immediately behind him began to look restive.• Credit-checking agencies, credit-card processors and other heavy telecoms users have been at the front of the queue.• At one point the queuestretched four deep for more than a quarter of mile.• The queue went right round the block.be/stand/wait in a queue• No-one walked the corridors or stood in queues and the Headmaster almost seemed friendly, if this is possible to believe.jump the queue• Why not save money - and jump the queuetoday.• Rayleen helped too, or rather her uniform did, giving us a pseudo-official status which meant we could jump the queue.• We can not jump the queue.queuequeue2 ●○○ verb (also queue up) [intransitive] British English1LINEWAITto form or join a line of people or vehicles waiting to do something or go somewheresyn line up American Englishqueue forSome of the people queuing for tickets had been there since dawn.queue (up) to do somethingWe had to queue up for ages to get served.2if people are queuing up to do something, they all want to do it very muchqueue up to do somethingThe school is one of the best, and parents are queuing up to send their children there.queue up for somethingActresses are queuing up for the part.→ See Verb table
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queue• One of the other passengers who was queueing to get on the train suddenly had a heartattack.• The Caf Gandoplhi is Glasgow's cooling streambit, assuming you don't mindqueuing.• They are just queuing at the door, waiting to be let in.• We had to queue for hours in the rain.• Everyone would be trying to use the lift at that point - probably queuing for it.• He had halfexpected a divinepre-emptivestrike, a thunderbolt maybe, as he queued for the body and blood.• Thousands queued for tickets to see the final.• Gameplayers every where are now queuing up for a copy of this excellentgraphical game with breathtakingcolours.queue (up) to do something• Kylesku was notorious, and approaching cars raced to be in the front of the queue toavoid a frustrating wait.• After the show, there was a queue to buy the clothes and last year's total was doubled.• People are queuing up to join the voluntaryscheme.• Cars stack up behind every bus, while passengers queue to pay their fares.• The Khanboys were queuing up to play me.• For days the queue tosign the CondolenceBook in the embassylobby had stretched twice around Grosvenor Square.• There's even a queue tostroke the policehorse.• Sometimes they were queuing to telephone him.queue up to do something• But, like turkeys looking forward to Christmas, industryheavyweightsqueued up to be part of the action.• But don't fantasise about everyone at a partyqueuing up tochat to you.• Manufacturersqueue up toclaim their machines are upgradeable; but some stand out as truly modular.• People are queuing up to join the voluntary scheme.• The Khan boys were queuing up to play me.• Canteenantagonisms ... getting heavily antagonized while you're queuing up topurchase a doughnut.• There is a long catalogue of people who will queue up to write the Secretary of State's epitaph.From Longman Business Dictionaryqueuequeue1 /kjuː/ noun [countable]1British English a line of people waiting to enter a building, buy something etc SYN line AmEThere may be long queues outside stores at sale times. →dole queue2COMPUTING a list of jobs that a computer has to do in a particular orderthe number of jobs in the batch queuequeuequeue2 verb (past tense and past participle queued, present participle queuing or queueing) British English1[intransitive] (also queue up) to form or join a line of people or vehicles waiting to do something or go somewhereCustomers queued for hours to buy the new toy.I queued up at the travel centre to pick up my tickets.2[transitive]COMPUTING if a computer queues a job, it puts it in a list of jobs that are to be done in a particular orderInput or output requests to a file are queued by the operating system.→ See Verb table