\ ə-ˈwāt How to pronounce await (audio) \
awaited; awaiting; awaits

Definition of await

transitive verb

1a : to wait for We are awaiting his arrival. await a decision
b : to remain in abeyance until a treaty awaiting ratification
2 : to be in store for He wonders what awaits him next.
3 obsolete : to lie in wait for

intransitive verb

1 : to stay or be in waiting : wait The nation awaited as Congress debated the issue.
2 : to be in store … marched … north to civilization where fame and forturne awaited.— Tom Marvel
3 obsolete : attend

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Examples of await in a Sentence

A crowd of people awaited the train. We're eagerly awaiting his arrival. He was arrested and is now in prison awaiting trial. Her long-awaited new novel is finally being published. The same fate awaits us all.
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Be the first to hear the scoop about the show-stopping conclusion for season 6 and what awaits in season 7 of Marvel’s flagship television show. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Comic-Con 2019: Here’s your Thursday schedule," 4 July 2019 The committee unanimously approved the bill, which awaits votes in the House and Senate. Rebekah Tuchscherer And John Bacon, USA TODAY, "New York says goodbye to Luis Alvarez, heroic 9/11 first responder felled by cancer," 29 June 2019 Mallory granted Smith appellate bond, so she will not be held in jail awaiting the decision of the Hamilton County Court of Appeals. Cameron Knight,, "Semi driver fighting sentence in crash that killed motorcyclist," 25 June 2019 Perhaps the clearest case of the disasters that await when board members shirk their responsibilities is Enron, the energy company that collapsed in 2001. Siri Terjesen, The Conversation, "Corporate boards are supposed to oversee companies but often turn a blind eye," 24 June 2019 Any bills that were awaiting a vote will cease to exist at the stroke of midnight Sunday., "Could Democrats outfox missing Republicans with a special session?," 24 June 2019 Taven, Jay Lethal and Marty Scurll all stood beside one another backstage, awaiting the final booking decision for the ladder match to decide the Ring of Honor championship at this past April’s G1 Supercard. Justin Barrasso,, "Matt Taven Ready to Claim His Place Among Wrestling’s World Champions," 24 June 2019 The nameless grave was a reminder of the cruel fate that awaited many African Americans of the time. Ryan Patrick Hooper, Detroit Free Press, "After 147 years, DIA to unveil tombstone for pioneering artist Robert S. Duncanson," 20 June 2019 In a nutshell: A little girl is ready to face the day and the adventures that await. NBC News, "Summer reading list: 9 books to inspire young girls to know their value," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of await

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 3

History and Etymology for await

Middle English, from Anglo-French aweiter, aguaiter, from a- (from Latin ad-) + guaiter to watch — more at wait

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English Language Learners Definition of await

: to wait for (someone or something)
: to be ready or waiting for (someone or something)


\ ə-ˈwāt How to pronounce await (audio) \
awaited; awaiting

Kids Definition of await

1 : to wait for await a train
2 : to be ready or waiting for Dinner was awaiting them on their arrival.

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