(third-person singular simple present waits upon, present participle waiting upon, simple past and past participle waited upon)
- To wait on; to serve.
- The emperor had dozens of servants to wait upon him.
Variant of wait
- to stay in a place or remain in readiness or in anticipation (until something expected happens or for someone to arrive or catch up)
- to be ready or at hand: dinner was waiting for them
- to remain temporarily undone or neglected: let that job wait
- to serve food at a meal: with at or on: to wait at table, to wait on a person
Origin of waitMiddle English waiten ; from Norman French waitier ; from Frankish an unverified form wahten, to guard, akin to Old High German wahta, a guard, watch: for Indo-European base see wake
- to be, remain, or delay in expectation or anticipation of; await: to wait orders, to wait one's turn
- Informal to delay serving (a meal) as in waiting for someone: to wait dinner
- Obsolete to attend upon or escort, esp. as a token of respect or honor
- Obsolete to attend as a consequence
- the act or fact of waiting
- a period of waiting: a four-hour wait
- in England,
- any of a group of singers and musicians who go through the streets at Christmastime performing songs and carols for small gifts of money
- any tune so performed
- Obsolete a member of a band of musicians formerly employed by a city or town in England to play at entertainments
- Obsolete a watchman
lie in wait (for)
wait onor wait upon
- to act as a servant to
- to call on or visit (esp. a superior) in order to pay one's respects, ask a favor, etc.
- to result from; be a consequence of
- to supply the needs or requirements of (a person at table, a customer in a store, etc.), as a waiter, clerk, etc.
- Informal, Dialectal to wait for; await
- to put off going to bed until someone expected arrives or something expected happens
- Informal to stop and wait for someone to catch up