await

[uh-weyt]

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.

Nearby words

  1. aw,
  2. aw-shucks,
  3. awa,
  4. awa',
  5. awacs,
  6. awaji,
  7. awake,
  8. awaken,
  9. awakening,
  10. award

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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British Dictionary definitions for awaited

await

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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Word Origin and History for awaited

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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