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.

1200–50; Middle English awaiten < Old North French awaitier, equivalent to a- a-5 + waitier to wait

awaiter, noun

1. See expect. Unabridged
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await (əˈweɪt)
1.  (tr) to wait for; expect
2.  (tr) to be in store for
3.  (intr) to wait, esp with expectation
4.  obsolete (tr) to wait for in order to ambush

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Word Origin & History

early 13c., awaiten, from O.N.Fr. awaitier (O.Fr. agaitier) "to lie in wait for, watch, observe," from a- "to" + waitier "to watch." Originally especially with a hostile sense.
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Example sentences
He even found a hitch awaiting him in his legal case in the senate.
Officials are awaiting an all-clear report from the fire department.
While incarcerated and awaiting trial, he was sent two cakes-one with chocolate
  icing, one with white icing.
Our scientists regularly slip from the bright familiar world to the dimmer one
  awaiting discovery beneath the waves.
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