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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Recent Examples on the Web

Cheers erupted from the dozens of volunteers and journalists awaiting news of whether the intricate and high-risk rescue mission had succeeded. Kaweewit Kaewjinda And Stephen Wright, Houston Chronicle, "'Everyone is safe' after daring rescue of 13 in Thai cave," 11 July 2018 As Wildcats everywhere await more news regarding a possible High School Musical television series, Sabrina Carpenter and Joey King decided to perform their rendition of a HSM classic. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Sabrina Carpenter and Joey King Perform "High School Musical"," 30 June 2018 An additional post shared on her Instagram page shows the couple’s four oldest children — Emmie Kay, 8, Duke, 9, Ella, 11, and Drake, 13 — standing outside their mother’s hospital room, eagerly awaiting news of their sibling’s arrival. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Joanna & Chip Gaines Share Baby Son's First Photo — and His Name Is a Break with Tradition!," 23 June 2018 Last year, for Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination a grand papal crown made of 80,000 roses awaited partygoers. Madeleine Luckel, Vogue, "A Grand Entrance: Met Gala Décor Throughout the Years," 24 Apr. 2019 Game of Thrones returned tonight for the long (long, long) awaited premiere of its eighth and final season. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Arya’s New Weapon on ‘Game of Thrones’ Is Going to Be a “Showstopper”," 15 Apr. 2019 On the day of the murder, per ABC News, Godejohn traveled to Missouri, checked into a motel, and awaited a text from Gypsy. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Complete Timeline of Dee Dee Blanchard's Murder and Gypsy Blanchard's Trial," 3 Apr. 2019 The show was incredibly popular, and fans are anxiously awaiting season 2. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Now 'Killing Eve' Fans Have Two Ways to Watch Season Two," 31 Jan. 2019 Many families in the area were awaiting information as Boise police investigated the crime scene. Katy Moeller, Ruth Brown And David Staats, idahostatesman, "9 people, including refugees, targeted in stabbings on State Street in Boise, police say," 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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