1. To act in advance of; deal with ahead of time; SYN. foresee, forestall, counter.
2. To be a forerunner of or occur earlier than, as in:; SYN. occur.
3. To be excited or anxious about; SYN. look for, look forward to.
4. To realize beforehand; SYN. foreknow, foresee.
(Irregular preterit, past participle: waylaid).
To lie in wait for; to meet or encounter in the way; especially, to watch for the passing of, with a view to seize, rob, or slay; to beset in ambush.