wait on

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wait on

vb (intr, preposition)
1. (Commerce) to serve at the table of
2. to act as an attendant or servant to
3. archaic to visit
Austral and NZ stop! hold on!
Also (for senses 1, 2, 3): wait upon
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.wait on - work for or be a servant towait on - work for or be a servant to; "May I serve you?"; "She attends the old lady in the wheelchair"; "Can you wait on our table, please?"; "Is a salesperson assisting you?"; "The minister served the King for many years"
valet - serve as a personal attendant to
aid, assist, help - give help or assistance; be of service; "Everyone helped out during the earthquake"; "Can you help me carry this table?"; "She never helps around the house"
serve - devote (part of) one's life or efforts to, as of countries, institutions, or ideas; "She served the art of music"; "He served the church"; "serve the country"
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1. To look forward to confidently.Also used with for:
Informal: figure on.
2. To continue to be in a place:
Informal: stick around.
Idiom: stay put.
3. To stop temporarily and remain, as if reluctant to leave:
4. Informal. To put off until a later time:
Idiom: put on ice.
phrasal verb
wait on or upon
1. To work and care for:
2. To place food before (someone):
An act or the time of waiting:
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w>wait on

vi (= continue to wait)noch (weiter) warten
vi +prep obj
(also wait upon: = serve) → bedienen
(US) to wait on tableservieren, bei Tisch bedienen
(= wait for)warten auf (+acc); I’m waiting on him finishingich warte, bis er fertig ist
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