\ 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 As impressive as Thursday’s victory was, the remainder of the Pac-12’s minefield of a season awaits. oregonlive, "Goe: Oregon Ducks, Sabrina Ionescu dominate Stanford, but tough Pac-12 games remain," 17 Jan. 2020 Now, Latunski awaits a competency evaluation and insanity defense. Darcie Moran, USA TODAY, "He's a father of 4 and worked as a chemist. Now he's accused of cannibalizing Grindr date," 14 Jan. 2020 Now, Latunski awaits a competency evaluation and insanity defense. Darcie Moran, Detroit Free Press, "He's a father of 4 and worked as a chemist. Now he's accused of murder and cannibalism," 13 Jan. 2020 Jaime Munguia passed his first test as a middleweight, but now the big boys await: Canelo Alvarez, Gennady Golovkin and the Charlo brothers, Jermall and Jermell of Houston, to name a few. John Whisler,, "‘I want to fight the best.’ After winning middleweight debut, Jaime Munguia ready for more," 12 Jan. 2020 Ghosn — the former chairman of Nissan and the architect of its powerful alliance with Renault and Mitsubishi Motors — had been awaiting trial in Japan on charges of financial wrongdoing. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Carlos Ghosn: Reports of my escape are inaccurate," 8 Jan. 2020 She had been arrested on fraud charges over the summer and was free on $50,000 bail, awaiting the first of the three criminal trials that would shape the rest of her life. New York Times, "Adela Holzer, Whose Fall From Grace Was Theatrical, Is Dead," 8 Jan. 2020 Five years after his last album, Purpose, a new era for the pop star awaits. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "15 New Music Releases That'll Make Your Playlists More Exciting in 2020," 6 Jan. 2020 The fancy set of salt and pepper shakers currently in the box, awaiting their new home, were declined by a group helping refugees. Molly Quell, Popular Science, "Regifting is good, actually," 6 Jan. 2020

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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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20 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Await.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 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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