Definition of wait on or upon in English:

wait on (or upon)

  • 1Act as an attendant to (someone): a maid was appointed to wait on her
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    • Where once convicts were forced to hop around the exercise yard in the blazing sun, they now sunbathe in deckchairs, waited on by the guards.
    • I had to help with the preparations, taking time out from the demanding task of waiting on His Grace to assist with everything from cooking to candle making.
    • Palmerin is taken to Constantinople and appointed to wait on his cousin Polinarda, with whom he falls in love; while Floriano is taken to London and appointed to wait on Flerida.
    serve, attend to, tend (to), cater for/to; minister to, take care of, look after, see to
  • 1.1Serve (a customer) in a store.
  • 1.2 archaic Pay a respectful visit to.
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    • The latter is very unpopular, & a deputation of ministers waited upon C, asking that he should be removed as he was not playing the game.
    • It states that any deputation waiting on a Minister or member after a demonstration is limited to six.
  • 2chiefly British Await the convenience of: we can’t wait on the government; we have to do it ourselves
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    • Cancer patients recovering in hospital will no longer have to wait on the postman for their get well soon cards.
    • The rest of the group sat and waited on her patiently.
    • The problem is that we're waiting on the justice system.
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