Complete Definition of "await"

English

Etymology
From ME. 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."

Pronunciation
IPA|RP /ÉÖËłwÉŤÉªt/
audio|en-us-await.ogg|Audio (US)

Rhymes: Rhymes:English:-eɪt|-eɪt

Noun
en-noun

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

Verb
en-verb

  1. transitive|formal to wait for.

#:I await your reply to my letter.

  1. transitive To wait on, serve, or attend (to).
  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.

  1. intransitive To watch.
  2. intransitive To wait (on or upon).
  3. intransitive 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.

Translations
trans-top|transitive: to wait for
Dutch: verwachten, inwachten
Finnish: odottaa
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Romanian: aÅčtepta
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trans-top|transitive: to wait on, to serve
Dutch: bedienen, dienen
Finnish: tarjoilla, palvella
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Romanian: a servi masa
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trans-top|transitive: to expect
Dutch: verwachten
Finnish: odottaa, olettaa
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Romanian: aÅčtepta
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trans-top|transitive: to be in store for
Finnish: odottaa
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trans-top|intransitive: to watch
Finnish: odottaa, tarkkailla
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trans-top|intransitive: to wait on
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trans-top|intransitive, to stay in waiting
Finnish: odottaa
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Romanian: aÅčtepta
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ttbc|Dutch: wachten op
ttbc|French: attendre
ttbc|Italian: aspettare
ttbc|Korean: 기ëő¤ë¦¬ëő¤ (gidarida)
ttbc|Old English: abidan|ÄübÄ«dan
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