Definition of wait on or upon in English:

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wait on (or upon)

1Act as an attendant to: 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, cater for/to, act as a waitress/waiter to;
1.1 archaic Pay a respectful visit to: a deputation had waited upon Lords Salisbury, Redesdale, and Roxburghe
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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.
2Await the convenience of: to see the full series, we will have to wait on the BBC
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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.
2.1Australian /NZ & Northern English informal Refrain from doing something until something else happens: wait on, I’ve an important message for you
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  • She had decided to wait on telling Fredi until the perfect moment, so she had to pretend as if nothing were wrong.
  • We'll wait on the beets until the next crop comes in with fresh tops.
  • Also, sex is something that one should wait on until you are ready.
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