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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.
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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  • 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.
  • But each time they open a press, there's still some surprise awaiting them.
  • As the blaze approached, panicked inhabitants crowded on docks awaiting evacuation, or worse.
  • Paleontologists are awaiting further details about these fossil footprints.
  • These are some of the inventions which the world is awaiting which it is sure of seeing realized.
  • Ironically, that pattern of behavior foreshadows the professional lifestyles awaiting the students.
  • During the job talk immediately following the lunch, s/he became violently sick into an awaiting garbage can.
British Dictionary definitions for awaiting


(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 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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