wait on / upon (v.) Old form(s): vpon , waite , waites , waites vpon , waytes vpon
accompany, attend
3H6 II.v.54[King alone, of the shepherd's life] Is far beyond a prince's delicates ... / When care, mistrust, and treason waits on him
3H6 III.iii.42[Queen to Lewis] impatience waiteth on true sorrow
H5 II.ii.110[King Henry to Scroop] thou, 'gainst all proportion, didst bring in / Wonder to wait on treason and on murder
Ham II.ii.265[Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to Hamlet] We'll wait upon you [then taken by Hamlet to mean 'serve']
Luc.275[Tarquin to himself] Respect and reason wait on wrinkled age!
Mac I.v.48[Lady Macbeth alone] you murdering ministers, / Wherever, in your sightless substances, / You wait on nature's mischief
Mac I.vii.44[Lady Macbeth to Macbeth] Wouldst thou ... live a coward in thine own esteem, / Letting 'I dare not' wait upon 'I would'
Mac III.iv.37[Macbeth to all] Now good digestion wait on appetite, / And health on both!
MM I.i.83.2[Escalus to Angelo] I'll wait upon your honour
MW I.i.244[Shallow to Anne, of Page] I will wait on him
MW I.i.252[Slender to Simple] go wait upon my cousin Shallow
R3 I.i.43.1[Richard to Clarence] What means this armed guard / That waits upon your grace?
Tem I.ii.389[Ferdinand to himself, of the music] it waits upon / Some god o'th' island
Tim II.ii.40.1[Timon to Lords] I'll wait upon you instantly
Ven.690[Venus to Adonis] Danger deviseth shifts; wit waits on fear
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