wait on/upon

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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

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

  2. : to delay serving (a meal)

  3. : to serve as waiter for

  1. : a hidden or concealed position

  2. : a state or attitude of watchfulness and expectancy

  3. : one of a band of public musicians in England employed to play for processions or public entertainments

upon play
  1. : on

  1. : on the surface : on it

  2. : thereafter, thereon


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