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UK [əˈweɪt] / US verb [transitive]
Word forms "await":
present tense I/you/we/they await he/she/it awaits present participle awaiting past tense awaited past participle awaited formal
a) to wait for something that you expect to happen

They were awaiting the birth of their first child.

b) to wait for something that is the next stage in a process

The draft law is still awaiting parliamentary approval.

2) if something awaits you, it will happen to you

Well, I wonder what surprises await us today.

English dictionary. 2014.

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  • await — [v] wait with expectation anticipate, attend, be prepared for, be ready for, cool one’s heels*, count on, hang around*, hang in*, hang out*, hope, look for, look forward to, stay, sweat*, sweat it out*; concept 26 …   New thesaurus

  • await — ► VERB ▪ wait for …   English terms dictionary

  • await — [ə wāt′] vt. [ME awaiten < Anglo Norm awaitier < a (L ad), to + waitier, WAIT)] 1. to wait for; expect 2. to be in store for; be ready for 3. Obs. to watch for so as to confront vi. to wait SYN. EXPECT …   English World dictionary

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