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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”). More at English wait.
- (transitive, formal) To wait for.
- 1897 December (indicated as 1898), Winston Churchill, chapter 2, in The Celebrity: An Episode, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., OCLC 222716698:
- 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.
- (transitive) To expect.
- (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, chapter I, in The House Behind the Cedars:
- 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.
- (transitive, intransitive) To serve or attend; to wait on, wait upon.
- (intransitive) To watch, observe.
- (intransitive) To wait; to stay in waiting.
- As await means to wait for, it is not followed by "for". *I am awaiting for your reply is therefore incorrect.
- (wait for): wait for, anticipate, listen (of a sound); See also Thesaurus:wait for
- (serve or attend): attend to, service; See also Thesaurus:serve
transitive: to wait for
transitive: to expect
transitive: to be in store for
intransitive, to stay in waiting
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await (plural awaits)
- (obsolete) A waiting for; ambush.
- (obsolete) Watching, watchfulness, suspicious observation.
- a. 1472, Thomas Malory, “(please specify the chapter)”, in [Le Morte Darthur], book VII, [London: […] by William Caxton], published 31 July 1485, OCLC 71490786; republished as H[einrich] Oskar Sommer, editor, Le Morte Darthur […], London: David Nutt, […], 1889, OCLC 890162034:
- 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 […].