from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To wait for. See Synonyms at expect.
- transitive v. To be in a state of abeyance until: a contract awaiting signature.
- transitive v. To be in store for: Death awaits us all.
- transitive v. Obsolete To lie in ambush for.
- intransitive v. To wait.
- intransitive v. To be in store: A busy day awaits.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To wait for.
- v. To expect.
- v. To be in store for; to be ready or in waiting for
- v. To wait on, serve or attend (to).
- v. To watch, observe.
- v. To wait (on or upon).
- v. To wait; to stay in waiting.
- n. A waiting for; ambush.
- n. Watching, watchfulness, suspicious observation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To watch for; to look out for.
- transitive v. To wait on, serve, or attend.
- transitive v. To wait for; to stay for; to expect. See Expect.
- transitive v. To be in store for; to be ready or in waiting for.
- intransitive v. To watch.
- intransitive v. To wait (on or upon).
- intransitive v. To wait; to stay in waiting.
- n. A waiting for; ambush; watch; watching; heed.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To watch for; lie in wait for.
- To wait for; look for or expect.
- To be in store for; attend; be ready for: as, a glorious reward awaits the good.
- To watch; give heed.
- n. Astate of waiting; watch; ambush.
- In wait.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. look forward to the probable occurrence of
Middle English awaiten, from Old North French awaitier : a-, on (from Latin ad-; see ad-) + waitier, to watch; see wait.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English awaiten, from Old Northern French awaitier ("to lie in wait for, watch, observe"), originally especially with a hostile sense; itself from a- ("to") + waitier ("to watch"). (Wiktionary)