\ 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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Recent Examples on the Web Associated Press Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn, who is awaiting trial in Japan on charges of financial misconduct, has arrived in Beirut, a close friend said Monday. Sarh El Deeb, USA TODAY, "Ex-Nissan boss Ghosn arrives in Beirut after jumping bail," 31 Dec. 2019 Jeffery Lee Marks, 23, was taken into custody in connection with the killing and is currently awaiting trial, an Iberia Parish County Clerk official tells PEOPLE. Harriet Sokmensuer,, "Holiday Season Murders: Laci Peterson, JonBenét Ramsey and Other Disturbing Crimes," 30 Dec. 2019 Willis is being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center on a $1 million bond awaiting trial. Cameron Knight,, "Prosecutor: Woman indicted in killing of father, retired CPD officer," 30 Dec. 2019 The other three, former Preferred Family executives Tom and Bontiea Goss and former Arkansas orthodontist Benjamin Burris, have pleaded innocent and await trial. Lisa Hammersly, Arkansas Online, "In Arkansas corruption and bribery case, sentencing lags after guilty pleas," 26 Dec. 2019 Like most jails, three-quarters or more of inmates had not been convicted of a crime and yet spent months and sometimes years awaiting trial in isolation. Don Thompson,, "These California jails use kinder approach to solitary," 26 Dec. 2019 The lab’s largest exhumation, of 558 bodies found in a military base known as Creompaz, resulted in the arrest of 14 wartime military officials who are now awaiting trial. Natalie Keyssar, National Geographic, "The cold cases of Guatemala’s civil war were impossible to identify—until now," 19 Dec. 2019 Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer was fired last month, a consequence of President Donald Trump’s foolish decision to pardon three servicemen who were either convicted of or awaiting trial for crimes committed in combat. Gil Barndollar, Twin Cities, "Gil Barndollar: Endless wars are corrupting our military and distracting the U.S. from bigger global threats," 12 Dec. 2019 He is jailed awaiting trial, currently scheduled for next year. oregonlive, "Genealogical databases are a goldmine for police, but it’s the Wild West when it comes to rules and oversight," 7 Dec. 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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The first known use of await was in the 13th century

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6 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Await.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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How to pronounce await (audio)

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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