Definition of await
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
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
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.
Origin and Etymology of await
Middle English, from Anglo-French aweiter, aguaiter, from a- (from Latin ad-) + guaiter to watch — more at wait
First Known Use: 13th century
AWAIT Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of await for Students
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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