Await



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.
to wait, as in expectation.
Contemporary Examples

Anna Nemtsova reports on the harsh conditions that await the young mothers in Mordovia and Perm, the ‘gateway to Siberia.’
Inside the Pussy Rioters’ Russian Prisons Anna Nemtsova October 23, 2012

He was released days later to await what was expected to be an outpatient procedure.
In Greg Mortenson’s Silence, His Neighbors Defend Him, or Vilify Him Mike Giglio June 6, 2011

Pakistan is only one of the simmering foreign-policy disasters that await President Obama.
Obama’s Pakistan Nightmare Reihan Salam May 4, 2009

It was due warning of what would likely await him should he try it for real.
Tony Blair May Be Planning a Political Comeback but in What Role It’s Hard to Imagine Peter Popham May 4, 2012

“The demonstrators are fighting on their own, but they await just a word that America is on their side.,” Krauthammer assures us.
Death of the Neocons Eric Alterman June 21, 2009

Historical Examples

If my sister were going to return, there would be nothing to do but await her arrival.
Four Arthurian Romances Chretien DeTroyes

Now they neared the foot of the shaft where the rest of the party seemed to await them.
The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson

After loping some distance he was sure he heard the call, and stood perfectly still to await another sound.
Five Little Starrs in the Canadian Forest Lillian Elizabeth Roy

A place in which the dead are laid to await the coming of the medical student.
The Devil’s Dictionary Ambrose Bierce

I will bring thee to the place in the early morning, and set thee in ambush to await his coming.
Stories from the Odyssey H. L. Havell

verb
(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
v.

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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