Definition of await
1a : to wait for We are awaiting his arrival. await a decisionb : 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
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
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.
Recent Examples of await from the Web
Scientists have been awaiting the imminent break of the Delaware-sized iceberg for months, and The Post's Chris Mooney has the latest update. --
Women and children whose bags were searched by security forces have been allowed to pass through, but men and boys await much harsher inspection.
HONG KONG (AP) — Australian shares jumped Tuesday as investors awaited an interest rate decision by the central bank, while other Asian shares were mixed Tuesday ahead of a U.S. trading holiday.
A DuPage County jail inmate awaiting trial on armed robbery charges allegedly injured a fellow inmate by slashing his throat in a weekend attack, prosecutors said at a bond hearing Monday.
Multiple Jefferson County sheriff's deputies and investigators are on the scene trying to determine what happened, and awaiting the arrival of the coroner.
Both suspects were taken to the Scott County Jail and await their first court appearance in Indiana and extradition to Kentucky.
As the Senate proposal awaits further action, U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-South Bend, said in a statement that a bipartisan solution must be reached to put together a health bill that works for the American people.
That may sound contrarian as investors await the monthly jobs data due out on Friday in the week ahead.
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AWAIT Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of await for Students
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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