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await

[uh-weyt] /əˈweɪt/
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.
verb (used without object)
4.
to wait, as in expectation.
Origin
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English awaiten < Old North French awaitier, equivalent to a- a-5 + waitier to wait
Related forms
awaiter, noun
Synonyms
1. See expect.
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  • Jails simply became detention centers for prisoners as they awaited some form of corporal or capital punishment.
  • She ran down to the beach, where a motorboat awaited.
  • Further messages awaited them at the lower club-house.
  • In my lifetime-in depression and in war-they have awaited our defeat.
  • Closed, and in silence the crowd awaited the will of the soldiers.
  • The following forenoon the baggage started, in a couple of two-wheeled ox-carts, for the landing where the steamboat awaited us.
  • The long-awaited sea change in higher education is upon us.
  • Faculty members and administrations across higher education had eagerly awaited the announcement.
  • After all, she is a decade past due in her long-awaited retirement.
  • Or you could have paid attention when the rest of the field was warning people of what awaited them upon graduation.
British Dictionary definitions for awaited

await

/əˈweɪt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to wait for; expect
2.
(transitive) to be in store for
3.
(intransitive) to wait, esp with expectation
4.
(transitive) (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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