verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French aweiter, aguaiter, from a- (from Latin ad-) + guaiter to watch — more at wait Date: 13th century transitive verb 1. obsolete to lie in wait for 2. a. to wait for <
awaiting his arrival
b. to remain in abeyance until <
a treaty awaiting ratification
3. to be in store for <
wonders what awaits him next
intransitive verb 1. obsolete attend 2. to stay or be in waiting ; wait 3. to be in store

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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