[ uh-weyt ]
See synonyms for: awaitawaitedawaitingawaits on

verb (used with object)
  1. to wait for; expect; look for: He is still awaiting an answer.

  2. to be in store for; be imminent: A pleasant surprise awaits her in today's mail.

  1. Obsolete. to lie in wait for.

verb (used without object)
  1. to wait, as in expectation.

Origin of await

First recorded in 1225–75; Middle English awaiten, from Old North French awaitier (Old French aguaitier ), equivalent to a- a-5 + waitier wait

Other words from await

  • a·wait·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use await in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for await


/ (əˈweɪt) /

  1. (tr) to wait for; expect

  2. (tr) to be in store for

  1. (intr) to wait, esp with expectation

  2. (tr) obsolete to wait for in order to ambush

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