Definition of await in US English:

await

verb

[with object]
  • 1(of a person) wait for (an event)

    ‘we await the proposals with impatience’
    ‘prisoners awaiting trial’
    as adjective, with submodifier ‘an eagerly awaited debut’
    • ‘That the sequels are the most eagerly awaited cinematic event of the year is not in question.’
    • ‘The man appeared before a magistrate and was remanded to Bordelais to await trial.’
    • ‘We ordered at the servery and while awaiting our meal viewed the tranquil scene.’
    • ‘This depicts a seated lady with an animal head, in front of whom are two animals that appear to be awaiting sacrifice.’
    • ‘The trout fishing event was eagerly awaited, there was a large entry for Senior and Junior events.’
    • ‘I doubt whether fine moral judgements are that convincing to a heifer awaiting its death.’
    • ‘Our legal advice is that we must await the conclusion of the tribunal report.’
    • ‘After a few minutes the whole of the crew were on the command deck and awaiting the briefing.’
    • ‘Possibly it will convince me that it is time to get a proper job, settle down and get married and have kids and await my inevitable death.’
    • ‘As the three boys awaited the end of snack, they strolled all around the school campus.’
    • ‘She had earlier spent several months in the prison on remand while awaiting trial.’
    • ‘He said the postmortem results on the cause of the baby's death were awaited.’
    • ‘Grace moved over to a pile of flowers located not far from the bodies that awaited burial.’
    • ‘Odessa are well on the way to completing their eagerly awaited debut album, which is due out early May.’
    • ‘I constantly kept looking out of my bedroom window awaiting the big event.’
    • ‘Cavalry were meant to await a breakthrough before exploiting breaches in enemy lines with a heroic drive forward.’
    • ‘We await your performance with interest and not a little trepidation.’
    • ‘She says she has done whatever she can in this life and now she only awaits death at the right time.’
    • ‘This event is anxiously awaited every year by those Pattaya folk who know how to shop for a great bargain.’
    • ‘On one occasion, her cooker broke down on a Sunday morning, while six guests awaited their breakfast.’
    1. 1.1 (of an event or circumstance) be in store for (someone)
      ‘many dangers await them’
      • ‘Fame, fortune and an executive directorship awaits you should you succeed.’
      • ‘But mostly I see and feel every step and every breath as a prayer… with thanks for all that awaits me.’
      • ‘All that was before any of us realised what a long, drawn out affair was awaiting us.’
      • ‘What adventures await our hero in the post-communist utopia of the Czech Republic?’
      • ‘He had already printed out our tickets and the ferry awaited us, and the three people behind us.’
      • ‘He says that a bigger trauma awaited him after the theft, in the form of claiming insurance.’
      • ‘Once in the driving seat, a truly great motoring experience awaits you.’
      • ‘If we still insist on remaining blind, only worse kinds of defeat will await us in the future.’
      • ‘It only took several seconds to reach his locker and another surprise awaited him.’
      • ‘Another unique transportation adventure awaits you on one of Hong Kong's buses or trams.’
      • ‘A little surprise awaited me inside the building I had seen my whole life and never been inside.’
      • ‘An even bigger surprise awaits fans of Dylan's craft who make it to the end of the piece.’
      • ‘A whole new carbohydrate-heavy cuisine awaits you; can I have some bread with my rice and noodles?’
      • ‘Some of the tribunals are still in session, and we don't yet know what nasty shocks await us.’
      • ‘These were the treasures that awaited us at the local candy store, a mere crosswalk away.’
      • ‘A rich assortment awaits the kids with illustrated mythologies to the latest fun publications.’
      • ‘Another surprise awaits us when we calculate the length of the diagonal across the brick.’
      • ‘Many of our soldiers, sailors and airmen will be lost or severely wounded many lives will be shattered as a very grave period awaits us.’
      • ‘The biggest prizes at the top events await anyone who can conquer their nerves and make the most of the current gap in the market.’
      • ‘We share what we have, one homeless person to another, and so step a little closer to the home that finally awaits us.’
      be in store for, lie ahead of, lie in wait for, be waiting for
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Origin

Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French awaitier, from a- (from Latin ad ‘to, at’) + waitier ‘to wait’.

Pronunciation

await

/əˈwāt//əˈweɪt/