Definition of wait on/upon
1 : to serve food or drinks as a waiter or waitress to (someone) The hostess waits on tables/people when the restaurant is crowded.
2 : to provide service to (a customer) : to help (a customer) make purchases He is busy waiting on customers at the moment.
3 : to act as a servant to (someone) : provide everything one needs or wants He seems to expect his wife to wait on him. She waited on her children hand and foot.
4 chiefly US : to wait for (someone or something) to arrive or happen We waited on him, but he never came. The government's decision must wait on the committee's report.
Word by Word Definitions
: to stay in place in expectation of : await
: to delay serving (a meal)
: to serve as waiter for
: a state or attitude of watchfulness and expectancy
: one of a band of public musicians in England employed to play for processions or public entertainments
: one of a group who serenade for gratuities especially at the Christmas season
: on the surface : on it
: thereafter, thereon
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