Wait on


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What does "to wait on" means? It's something that people allways use in the southern states of the US. ex: "hey dude, I'm waiting on you, dude". Is it the same as wait for, or is there a different connotation?
  • jann

    English - USA
    to wait on in the M-W dictionary:
    wait on also wait upon
    1 a: to attend as a servant b: to supply the wants of : serve
    2: to make a formal call on
    3: to wait for
    usage American dialectologists have evidence showing wait on (sense 3) to be more a Southern than a Northern form in speech. Handbook writers universally denigrate wait on and prescribe wait for in writing....

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