\ 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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Another test awaits Correia at the ballot boxes next week, with a preliminary city election scheduled for Tuesday., "Fall River Mayor Jasiel F. Correia II insisted Wednesday that he has no plans to step down, despite a federal indictment for allegedly extorting marijuana vendors and other crimes and a," 12 Sep. 2019 The highest level of integrity, professionalism and expertise in real estate awaits you at LIV Sotheby’s International Realty. Amanda Molitor, The Denver Post, "Effortlessly luxurious estate in the Polo Club neighborhood of Denver," 12 Sep. 2019 The plan awaits final approval by the Interior Department, led by Secretary David Bernhardt. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump administration puts entire Arctic refuge coastal plain on table for oil and gas leasing," 12 Sep. 2019 Several other challengers await Bronin in the Nov. 5 general election. Rebecca Lurye,, "Incumbent Mayor Luke Bronin coasts to victory in Hartford primary," 11 Sep. 2019 Taylor is being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center on a $40,000 bond awaiting trial. Cameron Knight,, "Police: Home aide threw hot water on patient," 10 Sep. 2019 Apple TV has been eagerly awaited at a time that a range of major companies are planning to roll out streaming products, including Disney. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Annual Apple event promises new iPhone, watch models against a backdrop of slowing sales," 10 Sep. 2019 Further tests await in Week 3, including district openers for several HISD and Spring Branch ISD teams. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Examiner area football teams push records to 2-0," 9 Sep. 2019 The eagerly awaited 2019/20 Barclays FA Women’s Super League kicked off over the weekend, with record attendances highlighting the growing demand and appetite for the women’s game since the immensely successful Women’s World Cup during the summer., "Women's Super League Roundup - Week 1: Record Crowds & Stunning Goals Kick Off New Season," 9 Sep. 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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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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