\ 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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While a deep run in the NCAA tournament (Georgia hasn’t made an appearance since 2015) is probably out of reach, a bubble berth isn’t out of the question, especially if Edwards meets the lofty expectations that await him in Athens. Emily Caron,, "Headlined by Star Anthony Edwards, Georgia's 2019 Class Has Bulldogs Looking Up," 15 Aug. 2019 Still Live in Medicine Today; The Barbaric History of Sugar in America; Why American Prisons Owe Their Cruelty to Slavery, are just some of the headlines that await you. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "The New York Times Launches the 1619 Project: raceAhead," 14 Aug. 2019 And because of that, the changes that await you, body and mind, may take you by surprise. Jessica Migala, Good Housekeeping, "13 Things Nobody Tells You About Postpartum Recovery (But Really Should)," 13 Aug. 2019 As more migrants stream toward the border, advocacy organizations are turning to new tech tools to help migrants better navigate the harrowing journey north and the complex immigration system that awaits them in America. Sara Harrison, WIRED, "To Help Migrants at the Border, Aid Groups Deploy Tech," 11 Aug. 2019 Rodney Garner recognizes the task that awaits his defensive line next month at AT&T Stadium. Tom Green |, al, "Rodney Garner expects Mario Cristobal’s ‘fingerprint’ all over Oregon’s offensive line," 30 July 2019 While Earthers, Martians and Belters maneuver to colonize Ilus and its natural resources, these early explorers don’t understand this new world and are unaware of the larger dangers that await them. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "Amazon renews Carnival Row ahead of its debut, The Expanse season 5 and more," 27 July 2019 Thousands of fossils have been unearthed from around the ancient lake that still await analysis. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "140 Million Years Ago, a Bird-Like Dinosaur Swallowed a Lizard Whole. Here’s Why Its Final Meal Is Exciting Researchers," 15 July 2019 The five-member Gaming Board — currently with two open seats that await appointments by Pritzker — has to evaluate applications, conduct background checks and approve licenses for all the new betting options. Dan Petrella,, "Illinois gambling expansion could take a while. Here’s a look at what’s to come.," 13 July 2019

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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 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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