await

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verb \ə-ˈwāt\

Definition of await

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to wait for We are awaiting his arrival. await a decisionb :  to remain in abeyance until a treaty awaiting ratification

  3. 2 :  to be in store for He wonders what awaits him next.

  4. 3 obsolete :  to lie in wait for

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to stay or be in waiting :  wait The nation awaited as Congress debated the issue.

  7. 2 :  to be in store … marched … north to civilization where fame and forturne awaited. — Tom Marvel

  8. 3 obsolete :  attend

Examples of await in a sentence

  1. A crowd of people awaited the train.

  2. We're eagerly awaiting his arrival.

  3. He was arrested and is now in prison awaiting trial.

  4. Her long-awaited new novel is finally being published.

  5. 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

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verb \ə-ˈwāt\

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

await

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verb \ə-ˈwāt\

Definition of await for Students

awaited

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awaiting

  1. 1 :  to wait for await a train

  2. 2 :  to be ready or waiting for Dinner was awaiting them on their arrival.



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