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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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  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 awaited



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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