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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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Examples from the web for awaits
  • On the one hand, the intellectual experience that awaits our students is probably richer now than it has ever been.
  • Her future husband awaits her on the top of the mountain.
  • Science has only theory, which no matter how powerful or demonstrable, still awaits to be overturned.
  • Kids everywhere with no thought to how they will survive, much less, what kind of future they awaits them.
  • It explains the wonderful life that awaits those who default on their homes.
  • Near-infinity awaits on the other side of the magic rectangle.
  • Large scale biofuels production awaits construction of facilities by the joint venture companies.
  • But in the longer run a reckoning awaits, and the longer run has arrived.
  • The possibility of risk, far from bothering me, fills me with the feverish emotion of one who awaits his beloved.
  • At this peremptory summons, everyone races back into the living room, where a curious tableau awaits.
British Dictionary definitions for awaits


(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 awaits



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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