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.

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

Synonyms for await

1. See expect. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for awaiting


Examples from the Web for awaiting

Contemporary Examples of awaiting

Historical Examples of awaiting

  • When Viviette came down for lunch, she found Dick awaiting her in the hall.


    William J. Locke

  • Their light is burning dim, and yet darker days are awaiting them in the future.

  • The kindest attentions of the warmest friendship were awaiting him at Naples.

  • He had the air of one awaiting good news, in confidence of its coming.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • Close to the dwelling, the rest of the little company was awaiting them.

    Casanova's Homecoming

    Arthur Schnitzler

British Dictionary definitions for awaiting



(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 awaiting



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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