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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 ?
"He is below, and awaits your majesty's permission."
"He has already chosen one, sire, and only awaits your consent."
At this moment Raoul awoke, without a cloud on his face without weariness or lassitude; his eyes were fixed on those of Athos and perhaps he comprehended all that passed in the heart of the man who was awaiting his awakening as a lover awaits the awakening of his mistress, for his glance, in return, had all the tenderness of love.
I told him to await us at the cliff-top, and if Dian came alone to do his best to get away with her and take her to Sari, as I thought it quite possible that, in case of detection and pursuit, it might be necessary for me to hold off Hooja's people while Dian made her way alone to where my new friend was to await her.
So on they sped and in due course came to the palace itself and awaited audience with the Queen.
The Siouxes had awaited the issue of the foregoing dialogue with commendable patience.
"As a matter of justice I must warn you that we only await one of these two excuses for ridding ourselves of so great a responsibility.
She understood all that awaited her only when, after stepping over the red baize at the entrance, she entered the hall, took off her fur cloak, and, beside Sonya and in front of her mother, mounted the brightly illuminated stairs between the flowers.
What these stuffs did there, it was impossible to say; they awaited, while gratifying the eyes, a destination unknown to their owner himself; in the meantime they filled the place with their golden and silky reflections.
I did not dare follow him there beneath the moonlight, since it best suited my plans not to interrupt his--I wished him to reach his destination unsuspecting, that I might learn just where that destination lay and the business that awaited the night prowler there.
The regiment, unmolested as yet, awaited the moment when the gray shadows of the woods before them should be slashed by the lines of flame.
When he opened them again there was in them a resignation to whatever horrible fate awaited him at the hands of this feared demon of the woods.