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await

[uh-weyt]
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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.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to wait, as in expectation.
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Origin of await

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

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1. See expect.
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Related Words

anticipateattendstaysweathope

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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.

  • 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

verb
  1. (tr) to wait for; expect
  2. (tr) to be in store for
  3. (intr) to wait, esp with expectation
  4. (tr) 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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