await Definition

to wait for something or someone, especially with eagerness or patience.

Using await: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "await" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of my package.

  • Example

    The team is anxiously awaiting the results of the competition.

  • Example

    She is waiting for her friend to arrive at the airport.

await Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for await

Antonyms for await

Phrases with await

  • to be held in custody until one's trial begins


    He was arrested and is currently awaiting trial for his crimes.

  • await further instructions

    to wait for more information or direction before proceeding


    The employees were told to await further instructions from their supervisor before beginning the project.

  • await one's turn

    to wait for one's chance or opportunity to do something


    The children patiently awaited their turn to play on the swings.

Origins of await

from Old North French 'awaitier', meaning 'to lie in wait'


Summary: await in Brief

'Await' [əˈweɪt] means to wait for something or someone, usually with eagerness or patience. It can be used in phrases like 'await trial,' where someone is held in custody until their trial begins, or 'await further instructions,' where someone waits for more information or direction before proceeding. Synonyms include 'expect' and 'anticipate.'

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