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[uh-weyt] /əˈweɪt/
verb (used with object)
to wait for; expect; look for:
He is still awaiting an answer.
to be in store for; be imminent:
A pleasant surprise awaits her in today's mail.
Obsolete. to lie in wait for.
verb (used without object)
to wait, as in expectation.
Origin of await
1200-50; Middle English awaiten < Old North French awaitier, equivalent to a- a-5 + waitier to wait
Related forms
awaiter, noun
1. See expect. Unabridged
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  • If my sister were going to return, there would be nothing to do but await her arrival.

    Four Arthurian Romances Chretien DeTroyes
  • His love affair had to await the events of war, and so may the story of it.

    A Prisoner of Morro Upton Sinclair
  • After loping some distance he was sure he heard the call, and stood perfectly still to await another sound.

  • I found him weak, and worn, but still firm in the determination to await my coming.

    Princess Zara Ross Beeckman
  • I will bring thee to the place in the early morning, and set thee in ambush to await his coming.

British Dictionary definitions for await


(transitive) to wait for; expect
(transitive) to be in store for
(intransitive) to wait, esp with expectation
(transitive) (obsolete) to wait for in order to ambush
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Word Origin and History for await

early 13c., awaiten, from Old North French awaitier (Old French agaitier) "to lie in wait for, watch, observe," from a- "to" (see ad-) + waitier "to watch" (see wait (v.)). Originally especially with a hostile sense. Related: Awaited; awaiting.

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