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[uh-weyt] /əˈweɪt/
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 forms
awaiter, noun
1. See expect. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for await
  • It is not necessary to await receipt of an entry form.
  • Many unknown dinosaurs await discovery in rock formations all over the world, but some new species are hiding in plain sight.
  • And it is the prelude to other unforgettable experiences that await a few steps away.
  • As he headed into an uncharted expanse of rain forest, he left part of the expedition behind to await further supplies.
  • Early prototype cellular phones await the development of microchips.
  • Other than that, my recommendation is for us all to await the eventual release of the full videos.
  • Five long lectures full of numbingly dense, abstraction-and-neologism-riddled prose await the reader.
  • Determining whether his ability to function as a faculty member has been fatally undermined may await further events.
  • Inverted said at the beginning is one of the first pitfalls that await the novice who affects sprightliness.
  • They spend largely on their fabric, and await the slow return.
British Dictionary definitions for await


(transitive) to wait for; expect
(transitive) to be in store for
(intransitive) to wait, esp with expectation
(transitive) (obsolete) to wait for in order to ambush
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Word Origin and History for await

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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