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Wait, 1) trans. a) to stay in expectation of: “w. the season and observe the times,” LLL V, 2, 63. “vast confusion --s, as doth a raven on a sick-fallen beast, the imminent decay of wrested pomp,” John IV, 3, 152. “ready for the way of life or death, I w. the sharpest blow,” Per. I, 1, 55.
b) to w. attendance, == to be in attendance: “w. attendance till you hear further from me,” Tim. I, 1, 161.
2) intr. a) to stay or rest in expectation: “not I, but my affairs, have made you w.” Merch. II, 6, 22. “I must w., and watch withal,” Shr. III, 1, 61. H8 V, 2, 7. H8 V, 2, 7 V, 3, 139. Tim. III, 4, 47. With for: “wretches . . . that w. for execution,” Gent. IV, 2, 134. Ado I, 3, 16. H6B IV, 1, 62. Tim. III, 4, 20. Tim. III, 4, 20 Caes. I, 2, 310. II, 2, 119.
b) to pay attendance; to do service; to be on duty: “I am to w., though --ing so be hell,” Sonn. 58, 13. “I will . . . never more in Russian habit w.” LLL V, 2, 401. “--ing in the court,” H4A I, 2, 78. “to w. at my heels,” H4B I, 2, 18. “where be these warders, that they w. not here?” H6A I, 3, 3. “how often hast thou --ed at my cup,” H6B IV, 1, 56. “your --ing vassals,” R3 II, 1, 121. “the two great cardinals w. in the presence,” H8 III, 1, 17. “who --s there?” V, 2, 4. “I must hence to w.” Rom. I, 3, 103. “I will not w. pinioned at your master's court,” Ant. V, 2, 53.
With on, == to pay attendance to, to attend as a servant; or to be at the service of: “wrath, envy, treason, rape, and murder's rages, thy heinous hours w. on them as their pages,” Lucr. 910. “I must w. on myself,” Wiv. I, 1, 208. “go w. upon my cousin Shallow,” Wiv. I, 1, 208 Shr. I, 1, 213. Shr. I, 1, 213 All's I, 1, 116. H4B II, 2, 190. Tit. II, 1, 10. Ant. IV, 2, 20. it (the music) “--s upon some god o'the island,” Tp. I, 2, 388. “I w. upon his pleasure,” Gent. II, 4, 117. “we'll w. upon your grace till after supper,” III, 2, 96. “in every thing I w. upon his will,” All's II, 4, 55. “rebuke and dread correction w. on us,” H4A V, 1, 111 (are at our service). “the noble troops that --ed upon my smiles,” H8 III, 2, 412. “I purpose not to w. on fortune till these wars determine,” Cor. V, 3, 119 (not to be a slave to fortune, i. e. not to live). “to w. upon this new-made empress,” Tit. II, 1, 20. Tit. II, 1, 20 “you murdering ministers, wherever . . . you w. on nature's mischief,” Mcb. I, 5, 51.
== to take care of, to tend: “whilst I --ed on my tender lambs,” H6A I, 2, 76.
c) to attend, to be about, to follow, to accompany: more (joy) “than to us w. in your royal walks,” Mids. V, 31. “w. close; I will not see him,” H4B I, 2, 65 (follow close at my heels). With on, == to attend, to be appendant to or united with: it (love) shall be --ed on with (== by) “jealousy,” Ven. 1137. “danger deviseth shifts, wit --s on fear,” Ven. 1137 “respect and reason, w. on wrinkled age,” Lucr. 275. “unruly blasts w. on the tender spring,” Lucr. 275 “greatest scandal --s on greatest state,” Lucr. 275 “summer and his pleasures w. on thee,” Sonn. 97, 11. infirmity which --s upon worn times (i. e. old age) Wint. V, 1, 142. “didst bring in wonder to w. on treason,” H5 II, 2, 110. “care, mistrust and treason --s on him,” H6C II, 5, 54. “impatience --eth on true sorrow,” III, 3, 42. “good digestion w. on appetite, and health on both,” Mcb. III, 4, 38. “no man on whom perfections w.” Per. I, 1, 79. “new joy w. on you!” V, 3, 102.
Hence == to be with or to go with, to join, to accompany, to follow; originally as a term of courtesy: “my father desires your worships' company. I will w. on him,” Wiv. I, 1, 272. “let us withdraw together . . . I'll w. upon your honour,” Meas. I, 1, 84. Ado I, 3, 77. III, 5, 61. Mids. III, 1, 202. John V, 7, 98. H4B II, 1, 196. H5 I, 1, 98. R3 I, 3, 323 (Ff we w. upon your grace; Qq we will attend your grace). II, 1, 140. III, 2, 124. Tit. I, 338. Tim. II, 2, 35. Hml. II, 2, 273. Oth. III, 2, 6. And then == to follow, to accompany in general: “the wealth I have --s on my consent,” Wiv. III, 2, 78. “w. on me home,” All's V, 3, 323. “one good deed dying tongueless slaughters a thousand --ing upon that,” Wint. I, 2, 93. “then my soul shall w. on thee to heaven,” John V, 7, 72. “thy friends are fled to w. upon thy foes,” R2 II, 4, 23. “the maiden cities you talk of may w. on her,” H5 V, 2, 354. “heralds, w. on us,” H6A I, 1, 45. “what means this armed guard that --s upon your grace,” R3 I, 1, 43. “we'll be --ed on,” Tit. IV, 1, 122. “letting 'I dare not' w. upon 'I would',” Mcb. I, 7, 44. at your age the hey-day in the blood is tame, it's humble, and --s upon “the judgment,” Hml. III, 4, 70. “I pray you, good Horatio, w. upon him,” V, 1, 316.
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