wait on, wait for

wait on, wait for
In the sense of "to serve," wait on is an acceptable expression: "Please wait on this customer." "If you have not been helped to make a selection, I'll be glad to serve (wait on) you." In the sense of "await," wait on is colloquial and dialectal: "You are late, and I don't want to wait for (not wait on) you."

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