[ 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.

Words nearby await

Origin of await

1200–50; Middle English awaiten < Old North French awaitier, equivalent to a- a-5 + waitier to wait


a·wait·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for await

/ (əˈweɪt) /


(tr) to wait for; expect
(tr) to be in store for
(intr) to wait, esp with expectation
(tr) obsolete to wait for in order to ambush
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