await

verb
\ ə-ˈwāt \
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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Recent Examples on the Web

This Morning, This Evening opened in theaters earlier this year and is awaiting digital release. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The 21 best movies of 2018," 14 Dec. 2018 This Is Us fans have been patiently awaiting the return of their favorite show — and now, season 3 is here. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Here's Why 'This Is Us' Star Michael Angarano (Jack's Brother) Looks Familiar," 25 Sep. 2018 There have been proceedings since then, and the decision runs 83 pages, but surely HHS could have read it all before now and crafted an administrative response short of suspending the program while insurers are awaiting $10.4 billion in payments. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "The Trump administration finds another way to throw sand in Obamacare's gears, at patients' expense," 9 July 2018 The study led to the introduction of the National Biodefense Strategy Act of 2016, which is still awaiting a vote. R. Daniel Bressler, Vox, "“Designer bugs”: how the next pandemic might come from a lab," 6 Dec. 2018 To prepare her body for the grueling cardio and strength challenges that await, Davis, a long-distance runner, has embraced heavy weight lifting. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "How an Extreme Endurance Athlete Trains to Trek 704 Miles From Antarctica to the South Pole," 11 Oct. 2018 The arrests were made in Germany, Poland, and Spain in cooperation with local authorities, and two of the three suspects are still awaiting extradition. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "Ukrainian hackers arrested for stealing 15 million credit card records," 1 Aug. 2018 Sherk and the policy council, meanwhile, are awaiting the court's decision while planning more unspecified workforce changes, administration officials say. Lisa Rein, Anchorage Daily News, "New curbs on federal unions begin to take effect," 9 July 2018 As of April, 1,100 immigrant recruits were awaiting basic training while undergoing security reviews, the Pentagon said. BostonGlobe.com, "Immigrant grad student shocked by abrupt Army discharge," 6 July 2018

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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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await

verb

English Language Learners Definition of await

: to wait for (someone or something)

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

await

verb
\ ə-ˈwāt \
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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