await

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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).[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

await (third-person singular simple present awaits, present participle awaiting, simple past and past participle awaited)

  1. (transitive, formal) To wait for.
    • Milton
      Betwixt these rocky pillars Gabriel sat, / Chief of the angelic guards, awaiting night.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 2, The Celebrity:
      I had occasion […] to make a somewhat long business trip to Chicago, and on my return […] I found Farrar awaiting me in the railway station. He smiled his wonted fraction by way of greeting, […], and finally leading me to his buggy, turned and drove out of town.
    I await your reply to my letter.
  2. (transitive) To expect.
  3. (transitive) To be in store for; to be ready or in waiting for.
    Glorious rewards await the good in heaven; eternal suffering awaits mortal sinners in hell.
    • 1900, Charles W. Chesnutt, The House Behind the Cedars, Chapter I,
      Standing foursquare in the heart of the town, at the intersection of the two main streets, a "jog" at each street corner left around the market-house a little public square, which at this hour was well occupied by carts and wagons from the country and empty drays awaiting hire.
    • Milton
      O Eve, some farther change awaits us nigh.
  4. (transitive) To wait on, serve or attend.
  5. (intransitive) To watch, observe.
  6. (intransitive) To wait (on or upon).
  7. (intransitive) To wait; to stay in waiting.

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Usage notes[edit]

  • As await means to wait for, it is not followed by "for". *I am awaiting for your reply is therefore incorrect.

Translations[edit]

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Noun[edit]

await (plural awaits)

  1. (obsolete) A waiting for; ambush.
  2. (obsolete) Watching, watchfulness, suspicious observation.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte d'Arthur, Book VII:
      Also, madame, syte you well that there be many men spekith of oure love in this courte, and have you and me gretely in awayte, as thes Sir Aggravayne and Sir Mordred.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, VI.6:
      For all that night, the whyles the Prince did rest […] He watcht in close awayt with weapons prest […].

References[edit]

  1. ^ await” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).