await

verb
\ ə-ˈwāt How to pronounce await (audio) \
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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Godejohn is currently in custody awaiting trial for first-degree murder. Rose Minutaglio, Good Housekeeping, "Gypsy Rose Blanchard: A Look Back at Her Surreal Childhood and the Mother She Murdered," 6 Nov. 2018 Turner thinks the research produced after the Yellowstone fires of 1988 can serve as a benchmark for how forests might respond to repeated burning, and the hot and furious future that may await them. Kristen Pope, Discover Magazine, "Wildfire Engulfed Yellowstone 30 Years Ago. Its Recovery Could Predict The Future of the West," 12 Nov. 2018 Get ready, Capricorn babe, because major magic awaits you. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What November's Capricorn Horoscope Means for You," 28 Oct. 2018 Before exiting the airport where a swarm of paparazzi awaited her, Priyanka took off the engagement ring from her finger and hid it in her pocket, according to a video taken on the scene. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Priyanka Chopra Appeared To Hide Her Engagement Ring, But We Caught a Peek," 6 Aug. 2018 Arpaio was awaiting sentencing when his pardon was issued. George Petras, USA TODAY, "President Trump’s pardons and commutations," 10 July 2018 Two others charged in the scheme have previously pleaded guilty and await sentencing. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Feds: Widow of UAW boss is 'trying to buy her way out of prison'," 7 July 2018 The 47-year-old Gignac, locked up in a Miami detention center since November, is now awaiting sentencing next month after pleading guilty to impersonating a foreign government official, identity theft and fraud. Jay Weaver, miamiherald, "Fake sultan's scam of a Miami billionaire fizzled after reckless Ferrari drive, pork meals," 6 July 2018 Meanwhile, Carter has pleaded out, convicted of only theft by taking, and is awaiting sentencing. Joshua Sharpe, ajc, "DeKalb high school football player accused of teen’s murder gets bond," 30 June 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 How to pronounce await (audio) \
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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