\ 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 Netanyahu remained holed up at his official residence in Jerusalem past midnight, as supporters awaited him at a campaign event in Tel Aviv. Washington Post, "Israel’s Netanyahu appears to suffer setback in exit polls," 17 Sep. 2019 While a deep run in the NCAA tournament (Georgia hasn’t made an appearance since 2015) is probably out of reach, a bubble berth isn’t out of the question, especially if Edwards meets the lofty expectations that await him. Emily Caron,, "Can Anthony Edwards Spearhead a Georgia Basketball Turnaround?," 16 Sep. 2019 It's been an extraordinary performance from a man who must have known the scale of the challenge awaiting him. Luke Mcgee, CNN, "Boris Johnson is trapped in a Brexit prison he helped build," 14 Sep. 2019 While his love of fishing awaits him in Puget Sound, one of his first plans will be to make arrangements for a trip to Washington state to visit his granddaughter and attend her birthday party. Anthony Clark Carpio, Burbank Leader, "City Manager Ron Davis says farewell to Burbank," 13 Sep. 2019 Their destination is New York City where the Dulcinea of Quichotte’s imagination, a bipolar Indian-American TV talk-show host with a growing substance abuse problem, warily awaits them., "Salman Rushdie’s ‘Quichotte’ reroutes a legendary journey through the 21st century - The Boston Globe," 13 Sep. 2019 But the Ravens probably didn’t expect to have Ryan Fitzpatrick awaiting them Sunday afternoon at Hard Rock Stadium. Baltimore Sun Staff,, "For Ravens defense, the road back to No. 1 ranking will start vs. a journeyman: Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick," 3 Sep. 2019 The highest level of integrity, professionalism, and expertise in real estate awaits you at LIV SIR. Kelli Williams, The Denver Post, "Your new oasis awaits at Uptown 240, an amenity-rich community located in Dillon," 29 Aug. 2019 That does not mean DeMulling fully knows what awaits him when his family moves to their new home in Brookside. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Ex-Colt Rick DeMulling moves from 7-acre suburban home to 1 of Indy's most dangerous areas," 29 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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27 Oct 2019

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The first known use of await was in the 13th century

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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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