An example of await is when you know a bus is arriving soon.
- to wait for; expect
- to be in store for; be ready for
- Obs. to watch for so as to confront
Origin of awaitMiddle English awaiten from Anglo-Norman awaitier from a- (L ad), to + waitier, wait)
verba·wait·ed, a·wait·ing, a·waits
- a. To wait for. See Synonyms at expect.b. To be kept as ready for: a contract awaiting signature.
- To be in store for: Death awaits us all.
Origin of awaitMiddle English awaiten from Old North French awaitier a- on ( from Latin ad- ; see ad- . ) waitier to watch ; see wait .
(third-person singular simple present awaits, present participle awaiting, simple past and past participle awaited)
- (formal) To wait for.
- I await your reply to my letter.
- To expect.
- 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.
- To wait on, serve or attend.
- (intransitive) To watch, observe.
- (intransitive) To wait (on or upon).
- (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.
- 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 […].
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”).