await
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /əˈwɛɪt/
Verb

await (awaits, present participle awaiting; past and past participle awaited)

  1. (transitive, formal) To wait for.
    I await your reply to my letter.
  2. (transitive) To expect.
  3. (transitive) To be in store for; to be ready or in waiting for.
    Glorious rewards await the good in heaven; eternal suffering awaits mortal sinners in hell.
  4. (transitive, intransitive) To serve or attend; to wait on, wait upon.
  5. (intransitive) To watch, observe.
  6. (intransitive) To wait; to stay in waiting.
Synonyms Translations Translations
  • French: s'attendre à
  • Portuguese: esperar
  • Russian: ожида́ть
  • Spanish: esperar
Translations
  • Portuguese: esperar
  • Russian: ожида́ть
Translations Translations Translations Noun

await (plural awaits)

  1. (obsolete) A waiting for; ambush.
  2. (obsolete) Watching, watchfulness, suspicious observation.
    • a. 1472, Thomas Malory, “(please specify the chapter)”, in [Le Morte Darthur], book VII, [London: […] by William Caxton], published 31 July 1485, OCLC 71490786 ↗; republished as H[einrich] Oskar Sommer, editor, Le Morte Darthur […], London: Published by David Nutt, […], 1889, OCLC 890162034 ↗:
      Also, madame, syte you well that there be many men spekith of oure love in this courte, and have you and me gretely in awayte, as thes Sir Aggravayne and Sir Mordred.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, VI.6:
      For all that night, the whyles the Prince did rest […] He watcht in close awayt with weapons prest […].



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