wait on/upon

Definition of wait on/upon

  1. 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. 2 :  to provide service to (a customer) :  to help (a customer) make purchases He is busy waiting on customers at the moment.

  3. 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. 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

  1. :  to stay in place in expectation of :  await

    :  to delay serving (a meal)

    :  to serve as waiter for

  1. :  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

  1. :  on

  1. :  on the surface :  on it

    :  thereafter, thereon

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a brief usually trivial fact

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