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Definition of await verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    await

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//əˈweɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈweɪt//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they await
    BrE BrE//əˈweɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈweɪt//
     
    he / she / it awaits
    BrE BrE//əˈweɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈweɪts//
     
    past simple awaited
    BrE BrE//əˈweɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈweɪtɪd//
     
    past participle awaited
    BrE BrE//əˈweɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈweɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form awaiting
    BrE BrE//əˈweɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈweɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1await somebody/something to wait for somebody/something He is in custody awaiting trial. Her latest novel is eagerly awaited.
  2. 2await somebody to be going to happen to somebody A warm welcome awaits all our guests. Who knows what dangers may await us?
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French awaitier, from a- (from Latin ad ‘to, at’) + waitier ‘to wait’.Extra examples The outcome of the appeal is awaited with interest. her long awaited return to professional tennis He is in custody awaiting trial. Scientists are still awaiting the results of tests.
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