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wait upon (someone or something)

1. To serve or attend to a customer or patron. Every member of staff will be needed to wait upon the royal family during their visit. I used to work as a butler, and I waited upon several wealthy families around the country.
2. To await some particular person or thing before one is able to proceed. We are still waiting upon a response from the consulate before we can take any action. We've had to wait upon our attorney to lodge the appeal with the judge.
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This waiter-in-training program wrapped up at the Last Supper, when he taught them to wash each other's feet; and after the Resurrection (Acts 6), we learn that the apostles had two jobs--to preach the gospel and to wait upon the widows.
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I am led by the celebrated present to the now of love and friendship and do not wait upon these after some prerequisites are met.
Captain Carpenter mounted up one day And rode straightway into a stranger rogue That looked unchristian but be that as may The Captain did not wait upon prologue.
The personal nature of medical practice in early America was demonstrated by a doctor who, in setting up his practice, advertised that he would be glad to wait upon the public but that his first concern was for "his friends in particular."
For me it raised a question that has dogged me for years: What does it really mean to wait upon God?
We can give until we have nothing left, because we know that lonely place where we can wait upon the Lord who renews strength.
So we could be in for almost another six months of this epically tedious version of Macbeth, in which Duncan, sorry Gordon, remains on his throne because all concerned persist in "Letting 'I dare not' wait upon 'I would' like the poor cat i' the adage."
If you follow his advice, to "wait upon the Lord' be strong, and let your heart take courage," then you will find God does care and then you can go out and share that good news with others.
It's a disgrace that the restoration of the link between pensions and earnings should wait upon the restoration of the link between Gordon and Tony.
"First of all one has to wait upon events and it will be an unfortunate day when the Queen dies," stressed the MP.
But, as in so many other things, we have to wait upon London to implement a policy that could help us beat a killer which claims so many lives here.
Servants stand to wait upon superiors, especially the guest of honor.
A deputation was appointed to wait upon the Wolverhampton Corporation on the subject.