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await

[uh-weyt] /əˈweɪt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to wait for; expect; look for:
He is still awaiting an answer.
2.
to be in store for; be imminent:
A pleasant surprise awaits her in today's mail.
3.
Obsolete. to lie in wait for.
verb (used without object)
4.
to wait, as in expectation.
Origin of await
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English awaiten < Old North French awaitier, equivalent to a- a-5 + waitier to wait
Related forms
awaiter, noun
Synonyms
1. See expect.
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  • Now they neared the foot of the shaft where the rest of the party seemed to await them.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Both will afford me encouragement and support in the vicissitudes which yet await me.

  • But Posthumus will not await the proof for which he has asked.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • I stopped, thinking that as good a place as any to await developments.

    A Woman Tenderfoot Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
  • Having stabled the horses as I was bidden, I came back here to await them.

    Fair Margaret H. Rider Haggard
British Dictionary definitions for await

await

/əˈweɪt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to wait for; expect
2.
(transitive) to be in store for
3.
(intransitive) to wait, esp with expectation
4.
(transitive) (obsolete) to wait for in order to ambush
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Word Origin and History for await
v.

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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