\ 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 fortune 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 His car was towed and he was taken to a nearby gas station to await a ride from a licensed driver. Brian Lisik, cleveland, "Suspended driver gives police false name – of a driver who also has a suspended license: Brunswick Hills Township Police Blotter," 12 Apr. 2021 Its authorities deported tens of thousands of U.S.-bound migrants and took back asylum seekers to await their U.S. court dates. Mary Beth Sheridan, Washington Post, "Mexico’s new migrant policy adds to Biden’s border woes," 11 Apr. 2021 In the meantime, scientists will continue to await more detailed weather information from Perseverance and scope out an ideal airstrip for the helicopter. Matthew Cappucci, Anchorage Daily News, "NASA receives first weather reports from Perseverance rover on Mars at Jezero Crater," 9 Apr. 2021 For meals, the women had to line up in their cells to await a food cart, with their backs facing the door. Raffi Khatchadourian, The New Yorker, "Surviving the Crackdown in Xinjiang," 5 Apr. 2021 On Thursday morning, a diverse crowd snaked down Armstrong Avenue at the Southeast Health Center in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood to await their jabs. Nanette Asimov, Meghan Bobrowsky, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Area residents age 50-plus join the hunt for lifesaving vaccinations," 1 Apr. 2021 Youths who had migrated without adults stayed, while families were driven to the bridge to await their release, the migrants said. Los Angeles Times, "Border Patrol holds migrant families for days under a south Texas bridge," 24 Mar. 2021 Cox was then taken to the Bay County Jail to await his first court appearance, police said. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville-area teen shot and killed near resort in Panama City Beach, Florida, police say," 23 Mar. 2021 Those with parents are either allowed to stay with a U.S. sponsor, often a relative, or are deported to await processing of their asylum claims in Mexico. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, "Migrant children might be sent to Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland and Fort Bliss," 23 Mar. 2021

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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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16 Apr 2021

Cite this Entry

“Await.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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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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