"I'll wait upon you presently," said Holloway, escaping from the coachman.
Have you no child to come and help your wife to wait upon you?
I was taken along also to drive the carriage and to wait upon him during his sickness.
I shall call the Director at once, and he will be only too happy to wait upon you.
I am not otherwise hurt but it is quite obvious that I shall not be able to wait upon you to-morrow.
And then, when mademoiselle should have left them, that would be always one less to wait upon.
Things the patient needed were brought and left at the door; but not one could be had to wait upon them.
Will she, if she is in doubt about His will, wait upon Him to show it to her?
One man, like Absalom, has fifty servants to wait upon him and do his bidding.
But it is well to know what reward may wait upon our labour.
c.1200, "to watch with hostile intent, lie in wait for," from Old North French waitier "to watch" (Old French gaitier, Modern French guetter), from Frankish *wahton (cf. Dutch wacht "a watching," Old High German wahten, German wachten "to watch, to guard;" Old High German wahhon "to watch, be awake," Old English wacian "to be awake;" see wake (v.)). General sense of "remain in some place" is from late 14c.; that of "to see to it that something occurs" is late 14c. Meaning "to stand by in attendance on" is late 14c.; specific sense of "serve as an attendant at a table" is from 1560s. Related: Waited; waiting.
To wait (something) out "endure a period of waiting" is recorded from 1909, originally American English, in reference to baseball batters trying to draw a base on balls. Waiting game is recorded from 1890. Waiting room is attested from 1680s. Waiting list is recorded from 1897; the verb wait-list "to put (someone) on a waiting list" is recorded from 1960.
early 13c., "a watcher, onlooker," from Old North French wait, Old French gaite, from gaitier (see wait (v.)). From late 14c. as "an ambush, a trap" (as in lie in wait).