AskDefine | Define await

Dictionary Definition

await v : 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" [syn: expect, look, wait]

User Contributed Dictionary



From awaiten, from Old North French awaitier, "to lie in wait for, watch, observe", originally especially with a hostile sense; itself from a- "to" + waitier "to watch."


  • RP /əˈwɛɪt/


  1. A waiting for; ambush; heed; watch; watching.


  1. transitive formal to wait for.
    I await your reply to my letter.
  2. To wait on, serve, or attend (to).
  3. To expect.
  4. 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.
  5. To watch.
  6. To wait (on or upon).
  7. To wait; to stay in waiting.

Usage notes

  • As await means to wait for, it is not followed by "for". I am awaiting for your reply is therefore incorrect.


transitive: to wait for
transitive: to wait on, to serve
transitive: to expect
transitive: to be in store for
intransitive: to watch
intransitive: to wait on
intransitive, to stay in waiting

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abide, anticipate, approach, be destined, be fated, be imminent, be in store, be to be, be to come, bide, bide the issue, brew, come, come on, confront, count, dally, dawdle, delay, dillydally, draw near, draw nigh, draw on, expect, face, foresee, foretell, forthcome, gather, hang about, hang around, hang over, hold everything, hold on, hold your horses, hope, hover, impend, lie ahead, lie over, linger, loiter, look, look for, look forward to, loom, lower, mark time, menace, near, overhang, plan, plot, predict, project, prophesy, sit tight, sit up, sit up for, stay, stay up, stay up for, stick around, sweat, sweat it out, sweat out, take time, tarry, threaten, wait, wait a minute, wait and see, wait for, wait on, wait up for, watch, watch and wait
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