await

verb
\ə-ˈwāt \
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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Recent Examples on the Web

The project is awaiting final approval from the city. Jenna Carlesso, Courant Community, "Parkville Market Project Attracting Substantial Interest From Food Vendors, Restaurants Around Hartford," 3 July 2018 While parents were detained, awaiting their court dates, their children were being sent to the Office for Refugee Resettlement. Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, "Here’s Everything You Need to Know About the Nationwide "Families Belong Together" Protests on June 30," 22 June 2018 This Is Us is expected to air in September 2018, but until then, fans will still be awaiting answers to the burning questions about last season. Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping, "Mandy Moore Just Rocked a Super-Short, Super-Edgy Dress for the MTV Awards," 18 June 2018 Questions remain about how the game was played, and how the gruesome rite that awaited some of its losers worked. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "Where Did Soccer Start? Archaeology Weighs In.," 15 June 2018 He was found to have congestive heart failure and a liver mass and had been awaiting a heart transplant. David Selig, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Black Panther star will play Kimbo Slice in new biopic 'Backyard Legend'," 10 July 2018 Prosecutors began filing paperwork Friday afternoon to formally drop the cases against 38 people who had been awaiting trial. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Federal prosecutors dismiss all remaining Inauguration Day rioting cases," 6 July 2018 Prosecutors began filing paperwork Friday afternoon to formally drop the cases against 38 people who had been awaiting trial. Keith L. Alexander, latimes.com, "Federal prosecutors dismiss all remaining Inauguration Day rioting cases," 6 July 2018 Prosecutors began filing paperwork Friday afternoon to formally drop the cases against 38 people who had been awaiting trial. Keith L. Alexander, Washington Post, "Federal prosecutors abruptly dismiss all remaining Inauguration Day rioting cases," 6 July 2018

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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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await

verb

English Language Learners Definition of await

: to wait for (someone or something)

: to be ready or waiting for (someone or something)

await

verb
\ə-ˈwāt \
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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