Definition of await in 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On one occasion, her cooker broke down on a Sunday morning, while six guests awaited their breakfast.’
    • ‘I doubt whether fine moral judgements are that convincing to a heifer awaiting its death.’
    • ‘The man appeared before a magistrate and was remanded to Bordelais to await trial.’
    • ‘She had earlier spent several months in the prison on remand while awaiting trial.’
    • ‘The trout fishing event was eagerly awaited, there was a large entry for Senior and Junior events.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I constantly kept looking out of my bedroom window awaiting the big event.’
    • ‘We await your performance with interest and not a little trepidation.’
    • ‘Odessa are well on the way to completing their eagerly awaited debut album, which is due out early May.’
    • ‘He said the postmortem results on the cause of the baby's death were awaited.’
    • ‘As the three boys awaited the end of snack, they strolled all around the school campus.’
    • ‘Cavalry were meant to await a breakthrough before exploiting breaches in enemy lines with a heroic drive forward.’
    • ‘She says she has done whatever she can in this life and now she only awaits death at the right time.’
    • ‘Grace moved over to a pile of flowers located not far from the bodies that awaited burial.’
    • ‘After a few minutes the whole of the crew were on the command deck and awaiting the briefing.’
    • ‘This event is anxiously awaited every year by those Pattaya folk who know how to shop for a great bargain.’
    • ‘Our legal advice is that we must await the conclusion of the tribunal report.’
    • ‘That the sequels are the most eagerly awaited cinematic event of the year is not in question.’
    1. 1.1 (of an event or circumstance) be in store for (someone)
      ‘many dangers await them’
      • ‘We share what we have, one homeless person to another, and so step a little closer to the home that finally awaits us.’
      • ‘All that was before any of us realised what a long, drawn out affair was awaiting us.’
      • ‘A little surprise awaited me inside the building I had seen my whole life and never been inside.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘What adventures await our hero in the post-communist utopia of the Czech Republic?’
      • ‘It only took several seconds to reach his locker and another surprise awaited him.’
      • ‘Once in the driving seat, a truly great motoring experience awaits you.’
      • ‘Another surprise awaits us when we calculate the length of the diagonal across the brick.’
      • ‘A rich assortment awaits the kids with illustrated mythologies to the latest fun publications.’
      • ‘An even bigger surprise awaits fans of Dylan's craft who make it to the end of the piece.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If we still insist on remaining blind, only worse kinds of defeat will await us in the future.’
      • ‘But mostly I see and feel every step and every breath as a prayer… with thanks for all that awaits me.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Fame, fortune and an executive directorship awaits you should you succeed.’
      • ‘Another unique transportation adventure awaits you on one of Hong Kong's buses or trams.’
      • ‘A whole new carbohydrate-heavy cuisine awaits you; can I have some bread with my rice and noodles?’
      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/