- (British) IPA: /əˈwɛɪt/
await (awaits, present participle awaiting; past and past participle awaited)
- (transitive, formal) To wait for.
- 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.
- (transitive, intransitive) To serve or attend; to wait on, wait upon.
- (intransitive) To watch, observe.
- (intransitive) To wait; to stay in waiting.
- (wait for) wait for, anticipate, listen (of a sound); See also Thesaurus:wait for
- (serve or attend) attend to, service; See also Thesaurus:serve
- French: attendre
- German: erwarten, harren, warten
- Italian: aspettare, attendere
- Portuguese: esperar, aguardar
- Russian: ждать
- Spanish: esperar, aguantar
- Portuguese: esperar
- Russian: ожида́ть
- French: guetter
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: Published by 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 […].