\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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Dishwashers are hard at work, and otutside the kitchen door a stack of tablecloths about 6 feet high is awaiting a trip to the laundry room, just one of many loads on the night. star-telegram, "A day in the life of Joe T. Garcia's," 11 July 2018 Nearly 100 other judicial nominees are awaiting Senate confirmation. CBS News, "Man on a mission: Mitch McConnell's effort to reshape the courts," 7 July 2018 Parents of young black kids in America know this is the world that awaits them. David Roberts, Vox, "Please don’t spank your kids," 3 July 2018 The solar eclipse on the 13th will bring both positive and negative aspects of our lives to light, so prepare to confront hard truths and celebrate unexpected wins, as either or both could await you mid-month., "Your July Horoscope, Revealed," 1 July 2018 Working with the staff at Buffalo’s Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, the couple planned a ceremony in the hospital’s garden, and on Father’s Day, nurses wheeled Ferrino outside where his family awaited. Jason Duaine Hahn,, "Man With Terminal Cancer Dies Just Days After Watching Daughter’s Wedding From His Hospital Bed," 28 June 2018 Schmidt was charged with one count of first-degree murder and both men are awaiting extradition to Virginia Beach. Ryan Gillespie,, "Deltona man arrested on murder charge — nearly 14 years after alleged Virginia Beach killings," 26 June 2018 Instead, the indictment will be handed off to the Justice Department’s National Security Division and its Assistant Attorney General John Demers to await a future prosecution on the slim chance any of the individuals wind up into US custody. Garrett M. Graff, WIRED, "Indicting 12 Russian Hackers Could Be Mueller's Biggest Move Yet," 13 July 2018 According to the press release, Goelz was arrested Tuesday and remained in the custody Thursday night of the U.S. Marshals Service, awaiting a detention hearing next Tuesday in Federal Court in Indianapolis. Stu Hirsch, Post-Tribune, "Indiana high school swim coach charged for alleged sexual relationship with student," 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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English Language Learners Definition of await

: to wait for (someone or something)

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


\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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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