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a·wait

 (ə-wāt′)
v. a·wait·ed, a·wait·ing, a·waits
v.tr.
1.
a. To wait for. See Synonyms at expect.
b. To be kept as ready for: a contract awaiting signature.
2. To be in store for: Death awaits us all.
v.intr.
To be in store: A busy day awaits.

[Middle English awaiten, from Old North French awaitier : a-, on (from Latin ad-; see ad-) + waitier, to watch; see wait.]

await

(əˈweɪt)
vb
1. (tr) to wait for; expect
2. (tr) to be in store for
3. (intr) to wait, esp with expectation
4. (tr) obsolete to wait for in order to ambush

a•wait

(əˈweɪt)

v.t.
1. to wait for; expect; look for: still awaiting an answer.
2. to be in store for: A pleasant surprise awaited her.
3. Obs. to lie in wait for.
v.i.
4. to wait, as in expectation.
[1200–50; Middle English < Old North French awaitier=a- a-5 + waitier to wait]

await

If you await something, you expect it to come or happen, and you are often not intending to take some action until it comes or happens.

Daisy had remained behind to await her return.
We will await developments before deciding whether he should be allowed to continue.
We must await the results of field studies yet to come.

Await is a fairly common word in formal writing, but you do not usually use it in conversation. Instead you use wait for, often followed by an object and a to-infinitive. For example, instead of saying 'I awaited her reply', you say 'I waited for her to reply'.

I waited for Kate to return.
They just waited for me to die.

await


Past participle: awaited
Gerund: awaiting

Imperative
await
await
Present
I await
you await
he/she/it awaits
we await
you await
they await
Preterite
I awaited
you awaited
he/she/it awaited
we awaited
you awaited
they awaited
Present Continuous
I am awaiting
you are awaiting
he/she/it is awaiting
we are awaiting
you are awaiting
they are awaiting
Present Perfect
I have awaited
you have awaited
he/she/it has awaited
we have awaited
you have awaited
they have awaited
Past Continuous
I was awaiting
you were awaiting
he/she/it was awaiting
we were awaiting
you were awaiting
they were awaiting
Past Perfect
I had awaited
you had awaited
he/she/it had awaited
we had awaited
you had awaited
they had awaited
Future
I will await
you will await
he/she/it will await
we will await
you will await
they will await
Future Perfect
I will have awaited
you will have awaited
he/she/it will have awaited
we will have awaited
you will have awaited
they will have awaited
Future Continuous
I will be awaiting
you will be awaiting
he/she/it will be awaiting
we will be awaiting
you will be awaiting
they will be awaiting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been awaiting
you have been awaiting
he/she/it has been awaiting
we have been awaiting
you have been awaiting
they have been awaiting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been awaiting
you will have been awaiting
he/she/it will have been awaiting
we will have been awaiting
you will have been awaiting
they will have been awaiting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been awaiting
you had been awaiting
he/she/it had been awaiting
we had been awaiting
you had been awaiting
they had been awaiting
Conditional
I would await
you would await
he/she/it would await
we would await
you would await
they would await
Past Conditional
I would have awaited
you would have awaited
he/she/it would have awaited
we would have awaited
you would have awaited
they would have awaited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.await - look forward to the probable occurrence ofawait - look forward to the probable occurrence of; "We were expecting a visit from our relatives"; "She is looking to a promotion"; "he is waiting to be drafted"
expect - look forward to the birth of a child; "She is expecting in March"
anticipate, expect - regard something as probable or likely; "The meteorologists are expecting rain for tomorrow"
look forward - expect or hope for; "I look to hear from you soon"
look to - turn one's interests or expectations towards; "look to the future"; "this method looks to significant wavings"
hold the line, hang on, hold on - hold the phone line open; "Please hang on while I get your folder"
look for, look to, anticipate - be excited or anxious about

await

verb
1. wait for, expect, look for, look forward to, anticipate, stay for Little was said as we awaited the arrival of the chairman.
2. be in store for, wait for, be ready for, lie in wait for, be in readiness for A nasty surprise awaited them.

await

verb
To look forward to confidently:
Informal: figure on.
Translations
يَنْتَظِر
očekávat
afventevente på
odottaaolettaapalvellatarjoillatarkkailla
vænta, bíîa meî eftirvæntingu
gaidīt
aşteptaservi masa

await

[əˈweɪt] VT
1. (= wait for) → esperar, aguardar
we await your instructionsesperamos or aguardamos sus instrucciones
we await your reply with interestaguardamos su respuesta con interés
2. (= be in store for) → esperar, aguardar
the fate that awaits himla suerte que le espera
a surprise awaits himle espera or le aguarda una sorpresa

await

[əˈweɪt] vt [+ arrival, call, person] → attendre
long awaited → tant attendu(e)
awaiting attention (COMMERCE)en souffrance
awaiting delivery (COMMERCE)en souffrance

await

vt
(= wait for)erwarten; future events, decision etcentgegensehen (+dat); the long awaited dayder lang ersehnte Tag; parcels awaiting despatchzum Versand bestimmte Pakete; we await your reply with interestwir sehen Ihrer Antwort mit Interesse entgegen; to be awaiting trial (case)zur Verhandlung anstehen; he is awaiting trialsein Fall steht noch zur Verhandlung an
(= be in store for)erwarten

await

[əˈweɪt] vtaspettare, attendere
long awaited → tanto atteso/a
awaiting attention (Comm) (letter) → in attesa di risposta (000) (order) → in attesa di essere evaso/a

await

(əˈweit) verb
to wait for. We await your arrival with expectation.
References in classic literature ?
But under the influence of their degraded fortunes, both officers and men appeared better disposed to await the approach of their formidable antagonists, within their works, than to resist the progress of their march, by emulating the successful example of the French at Fort du Quesne, and striking a blow on their advance.
Our story must therefore await Miss Hepzibah at the threshold of her chamber; only presuming, meanwhile, to note some of the heavy sighs that labored from her bosom, with little restraint as to their lugubrious depth and volume of sound, inasmuch as they could be audible to nobody save a disembodied listener like ourself.
This airy hall, therefore, over the Collector's apartments, remains unfinished to this day, and, in spite of the aged cobwebs that festoon its dusky beams, appears still to await the labour of the carpenter and mason.
In tempestuous times like these, after everything above and aloft has been secured, nothing more can be done but passively to await the issue of the gale.
Harper did not appear, however, until after the prisoner, feeling very weak and ill, had been hailed into court and remanded at five hundred dollars' bail to await the result of his victim's injuries.
The next day, Tom and Adolph, and some half a dozen other servants, were marched down to a slave-warehouse, to await the convenience of the trader, who was going to make up a lot for auction.
When a sword was broken in the first duel, I wanted a piece of it; but its hilt was the wrong color, so it was considered best and politest to await a properer season.
The twins were transferred from the city jail to the county prison to await trial.
As for Marianne, on the pangs which so unhappy a meeting must already have given her, and on those still more severe which might await her in its probable consequence, she could not reflect without the deepest concern.
Hindley hurried up from his paradise on the hearth, and seizing one of us by the collar, and the other by the arm, hurled both into the back-kitchen; where, Joseph asseverated, "owd Nick would fetch us as sure as we were living: and, so comforted, we each sought a separate nook to await his advent.
Francis Clare made his appearance the next morning in the grounds at Combe-Raven; and, something doubtful of the reception that might await him, slowly approached the precincts of the house.
Wickfield's office, where I sat down again, in the chair I had first occupied, to await their return.