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 for To wait upon
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Wait \Wait\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Waited; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Waiting.] [OE. waiten, OF. waitier, gaitier, to watch,
     attend, F. guetter to watch, to wait for, fr. OHG. wahta a
     guard, watch, G. wacht, from OHG. wahh[=e]n to watch, be
     awake. [root]134. See Wake, v. i.]
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     1. To watch; to observe; to take notice. [Obs.]
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              "But [unless] ye wait well and be privy,
              I wot right well, I am but dead," quoth she.
                                                    --Chaucer.
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     2. To stay or rest in expectation; to stop or remain
        stationary till the arrival of some person or event; to
        rest in patience; to stay; not to depart.
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              All the days of my appointed time will I wait, till
              my change come.                       --Job xiv. 14.
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              They also serve who only stand and wait. --Milton.
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              Haste, my dear father; 't is no time to wait.
                                                    --Dryden.
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     To wait on or To wait upon.
        (a) To attend, as a servant; to perform services for; as,
            to wait on a gentleman; to wait on the table.
            "Authority and reason on her wait." --Milton. "I must
            wait on myself, must I?" --Shak.
        (b) To attend; to go to see; to visit on business or for
            ceremony.
        (c) To follow, as a consequence; to await. "That ruin that
            waits on such a supine temper." --Dr. H. More.
        (d) To look watchfully at; to follow with the eye; to
            watch. [R.] "It is a point of cunning to wait upon him
            with whom you speak with your eye." --Bacon.
        (e) To attend to; to perform. "Aaron and his sons . . .
            shall wait on their priest's office." --Num. iii. 10.
        (f) (Falconry) To fly above its master, waiting till game
            is sprung; -- said of a hawk. --Encyc. Brit.
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