await

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verb \ə-ˈwāt\

Definition of await

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 obsolete :  to lie in wait for

  3. 2 a :  to wait for <awaiting his arrival> b :  to remain in abeyance until <a treaty awaiting ratification>

  4. 3 :  to be in store for <wonders what awaits him next>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 obsolete :  attend

  7. 2 :  to stay or be in waiting :  wait

  8. 3 :  to be in store

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

await

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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

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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