\ 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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The most recent reauthorization has passed the House but is awaiting action in the Senate. Tara Law, Time, "The Violence Against Women Act Was Signed 25 Years Ago. Here's How the Law Changed American Culture," 14 Sep. 2019 Officials are now awaiting San Francisco coroner’s staff arrival, Stalter said. George Kelly, The Mercury News, "S.F. BART station reopens after fatal train strike," 12 Sep. 2019 The captain of the duck boat in Missouri and two employees of the company that operated it have been indicted on federal charges and are awaiting trial. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "Charges in California boat fire may hinge on 1838 law. Here's why," 11 Sep. 2019 The assistant coaches at the prep school are typically recent graduates who are awaiting assignments late in the fall. New York Times, "How a Military Prep School Helped Army Improve in Football," 9 Sep. 2019 Both Singer and Riddell have pleaded guilty to an array of felonies and are awaiting sentencing. Matthew Ormseth, Los Angeles Times, "College admissions scandal: Prosecutors recommend one-month sentence for Felicity Huffman," 6 Sep. 2019 Follow The Sun captures the liminal moments of Central American men who are awaiting asylum in the U.S. and are caught between grave danger and the hopes of a better life. NBC News, "Risking It All: Meet the Press Film Festival with AFI," 6 Sep. 2019 Kroll that says these numbers are based on initial reports and authorities are awaiting final counts from the autopsies. Stefanie Dazio,, "At least 25 people dead after deadly Calif. boat fire," 3 Sep. 2019 Liverpool players, staff and fans alike are eagerly awaiting this week’s Champions League draw that will map out the first hurdles that lie between the Reds and becoming only the second club in 30 years to successfully defend their title., "Liverpool's Best & Worst Case Scenarios Ahead of 2019/20 Champions League Group Stage Draw," 28 Aug. 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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