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await

[ uh-weyt ]
/ əˈweɪt /
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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.

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Origin of await

First recorded in 1225–75; Middle English awaiten, from Old North French awaitier (Old French aguaitier ), equivalent to a- a-5 + waitier wait

OTHER WORDS FROM await

a·wait·er, noun

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To await something is to wait for it or look for it expectantly. How is await different from anticipate, hope, and expect? Find out on Thesaurus.com.

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British Dictionary definitions for await

await
/ (əˈweɪt) /

verb

(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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