- (North America, colloquial) To wait for an event.
- I'm waiting on the light to change.
- To wait for a person.
- I'm waiting on you before we can leave.
- To serve someone; to be a waiter or waitress for a table in a restaurant.
- Synonyms: attend to, service, Thesaurus:serve
- Is someone waiting on you yet?
- c. 1597, William Shakespeare, “The Merry VViues of VVindsor”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene i]:
- I must wait on myself, must I?
- (archaic) To attend; to go to see; to visit on business or for ceremony.
- (archaic) To follow, as a consequence; to await.
- that ruin that waits on such a supine temper
- (archaic) To attend to; to perform.
- (falconry, of a hawk) To fly above its master, waiting till game is sprung.
- wait on hand and foot