awaited; awaiting; awaits

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to stay or be in waiting : wait
The nation awaited as Congress debated the issue.
: to be in store
… marched … north to civilization where fame and fortune awaited.Tom Marvel
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.
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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of await was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Await.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: to wait for : expect
await a train
: to be ready or waiting for
a reward awaits you

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