await

verb \ ə-ˈwāt \

Definition of await

transitive verb
1 a :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

Examples of await in a Sentence

  1. A crowd of people awaited the train.

  2. We're eagerly awaiting his arrival.

  3. He was arrested and is now in prison awaiting trial.

  4. Her long-awaited new novel is finally being published.

  5. The same fate awaits us all.

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Origin and Etymology of await

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

await Synonyms

Synonyms
anticipate, expect, hope (for), watch (for)
Related Words
bank on, count (on or upon), depend (on or upon), rely (on or upon), wait (for); envisage, envision, foresee; foretell, predict, prophesy; assume, presume, presuppose; contemplate, eye, view
Near Antonyms
doubt, question

AWAIT Defined for English Language Learners

await

verb

Definition of await for English Language Learners

  • : to wait for (someone or something)

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


AWAIT Defined for Kids

await

verb \ ə-ˈwāt \

Definition of await for Students

awaited; awaiting
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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