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AWAIT, crim. law. Seems to signify what is now understood by lying in wait, or way-laying.

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It was a man's face--the face of a dead man, of Noma, whom I had killed and who had been laid in my hut to await burial.
In a small antechamber, into which several doors opened, and which was lighted by a small iron lamp, they met a second interruption from the waiting-maid of Rowena, who, saying in a tone of authority, that her mistress desired to speak with the Palmer, took the torch from the hand of Anwold, and, bidding him await her return, made a sign to the Palmer to follow.
A tremor shook her, and she felt a craving for some solitary hiding-place in which to await the summons.
And so they were content to await events, while keeping an eye on Mother Giry.
Our condition seemed to us so frightful that several of my companions thought it would be better to leap from the cliffs and perish in the waves at once, rather than await so miserable an end; but I had a plan of escape which I now unfolded to them, and which they at once agreed to attempt.
The essential point is that without seeing her you must believe, confess, affirm, swear, and defend it; else ye have to do with me in battle, ill-conditioned, arrogant rabble that ye are; and come ye on, one by one as the order of knighthood requires, or all together as is the custom and vile usage of your breed, here do I bide and await you relying on the justice of the cause I maintain.
This is his way of corrupting the youth, which he will not cease to follow in obedience to the god, even if a thousand deaths await him.
As a matter of justice I must warn you that we only await one of these two excuses for ridding ourselves of so great a responsibility.
I only await one thing before following your advice; that is, a minister who will hold office for six months.
In this promptly-formed fortress, they await the assault of the enemy, and are enabled to set large bands of Indians at defiance.
For hours and hours during the warmest part of the day I lay upon my mat, and while those around me were nearly all dozing away in careless ease, I remained awake, gloomily pondering over the fate which it appeared now idle for me to resist, when I thought of the loved friends who were thousands and thousands of miles from the savage island in which I was held a captive, when I reflected that my dreadful fate would for ever be concealed from them, and that with hope deferred they might continue to await my return long after my inanimate form had blended with the dust of the valley--I could not repress a shudder of anguish.
They had heard of the frigate Phoebe and the Isaac Todd being on the high seas, and were on their way down to await their arrival.