\ 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 Once they're discharged, all three will be booked into the Ramsey City jail and await a charging decision. NBC News, 10 Oct. 2021 Federal health officials said that some answers must await the completion of the regulatory process. Lena H. Sun, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Oct. 2021 Federal health officials said that some answers must await the completion of the regulatory process., 9 Oct. 2021 Crossing to the north side of the park, the sound of tennis balls fades into the background as a short network of hiking trails await visitors who wish for more natural exploration. Patrick Connolly,, 8 Oct. 2021 If an alternative transportation mode presents itself, the car will sit in the driveway and await just those journeys that are of necessity requiring an automobile. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2021 Kansas City righted the ship with a 42-30 win at Philadelphia to get to 2-2 as the Chiefs await the Bills on Sunday night in Week 5. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 4 Oct. 2021 Majestic mountains await energetic climbers, clear wilderness lakes are filled with wild trout, and the inner canyons are sanctuaries of silence and solitude. San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Oct. 2021 Investors have also sold off shares of large technology companies, which tend to do better in low-yielding environments because investors have more incentive to buy shares and await higher profits in the future. Caitlin Ostroff, WSJ, 30 Sep. 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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“Await.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 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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