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

  • n. A waiting for; ambush; watch; watching; heed.
  • intransitive v. To watch.
  • intransitive v. To wait (on or upon).
  • intransitive v. To wait; to stay in waiting.
  • 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.

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.
  • In wait.
  • n. Astate of waiting; watch; ambush.

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)


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