Meaning of QUEUE in English

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( queues, queuing, queued)

Note: 'queueing' can also be used as the continuous form.


A queue is a line of people or vehicles that are waiting for something. ( mainly BRIT; in AM, usually use line )

I watched as he got a tray and joined the queue...

She waited in the bus queue...

N-COUNT : oft N for n , N of n


If you say there is a queue of people who want to do or have something, you mean that a lot of people are waiting for an opportunity to do it or have it. ( mainly BRIT; in AM, usually use line )

Manchester United would be at the front of a queue of potential buyers...

N-COUNT : usu sing , oft N of n


When people queue , they stand in a line waiting for something. ( mainly BRIT )

I had to queue for quite a while.

...a line of women queueing for bread.

VERB : V , V for n

Queue up means the same as queue . ( in AM, usually use line up )

A mob of journalists are queuing up at the gate to photograph him...

We all had to queue up for our ration books.

PHRASAL VERB : V P , V P for n


A queue is a list of computer tasks which will be done in order. ( COMPUTING )

Your print job has been sent to the network print queue.



To queue a number of computer tasks means to arrange them to be done in order. ( COMPUTING )


Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Английский словарь Коллинз COBUILD для изучающих язык на продвинутом уровне.