await

Definitions

  • Awaiting the signal to attack
    Awaiting the signal to attack
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v await 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"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

AT GRAVESEND: PILOTS AWAITING AN INWARD-BOUND CONVOY AT GRAVESEND: PILOTS AWAITING AN INWARD-BOUND CONVOY
Isolde, seated on a sham rock, awaiting the coming of her lover. Alas! all ends unharpily Isolde, seated on a sham rock, awaiting the coming of her lover. Alas! all ends unharpily

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Await A waiting for; ambush; watch; watching; heed.
    • Await To be in store for; to be ready or in waiting for; as, a glorious reward awaits the good. "O Eve, some farther change awaits us night."
    • Await To wait (on or upon).
    • Await To wait for; to stay for; to expect. See Expect. "Betwixt these rocky pillars Gabriel sat,
      Chief of the angelic guards, awaiting night."
    • Await To wait on, serve, or attend.
    • Await To wait; to stay in waiting.
    • Await To watch for; to look out for.
    • Await To watch.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • await To watch for; lie in wait for.
    • await To wait for; look for or expect.
    • await To be in store for; attend; be ready for: as, a glorious reward awaits the good.
    • await To watch; give heed.
    • n await Astate of waiting; watch; ambush.
    • await In wait.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Await a-wāt′ to wait or look for: to be in store for: to attend:
    • v.t Await a-wāt′ (obs.) to lie in wait for, to watch.
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Quotations

  • Tim Allen
    Tim Allen
    “While awaiting sentencing, I decided to give stand-up comedy a shot. The judge had suggested I get my act together, and I took him seriously.”
  • Henri Frederic Amiel
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    “Without passion man is a mere latent force and possibility, like the flint which awaits the shock of the iron before it can give forth its spark.”
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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    “He who awaits much can expect little.”
  • Nadine Gordimer
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    “Responsibility is what awaits outside the Eden of Creativity.”
  • T. S. Eliot
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    “For last year's words belong to last year's language and next year's words await another voice.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. awaitier, agaitier,; ,L. ad,) + waitier, gaitier, to watch, F. guetter,. See Wait
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Through Fr. from the common Teutonic root of Ger. wacht, en, Eng. Wait.

Usage

In literature:

Left to himself Ian Ross forgot entirely that he was awaiting his dinner.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
In a moment the leader came up, and, seeing the resolute Helmar awaiting him on the other side of the barrier, he paused.
"Under the Rebel's Reign" by Charles Neufeld
There he tied up his horse, and awaited them on foot.
"The Red Romance Book" by Various
Margaretha has actually been thrown into prison for her deed of madness and now the executioner's axe awaits her.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
On the morrow, at the usual hour for visitors, the count and his mother sat in the drawing-room awaiting the promised guest.
"Fairy Fingers" by Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
Everything awaited the word to start.
"Two on the Trail" by Hulbert Footner
You are to send the boat back, and give the coxswain orders where, and when, he's to await you on return to the ship.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
Breathless she awaited the result; but the shadows again closed around him, and she saw him not again.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
Pray, sir, command me, for my business must await your pleasure.
"The Reckoning" by Robert W. Chambers
That same night Paul found himself, with nearly all the others, in Brunford police-station, in order to await his trial.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
Here new adventures awaited him.
"Historic Tales, vol 10 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
These arrangements being made, the hunters only awaited the darkness to set forth.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
And taking her small valise with his own, he led the way to the spot where the machine was awaiting them.
"The Secret Witness" by George Gibbs
The event was now awaited with painful anxiety.
"The Loyalist" by James Francis Barrett
He had retreated to a safe distance, where Baldry was awaiting him.
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting
An hour later I was back at Rivermead Mansions, where Harry, for whom I had left a note, was awaiting me.
"The Stretton Street Affair" by William Le Queux
Wotan quietly seats himself on a stone to await him.
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
She found her friend awaiting her in the verandah: a mere slip of womanhood, in a grey habit.
"Captain Desmond, V.C." by Maud Diver
The elephant, coolly and philosophically, awaited his approach, apparently satisfied to let him come as near as he pleased.
"The Giraffe Hunters" by Mayne Reid
There was still another piece to be given, and the audience was awaiting it impatiently.
"Francezka" by Molly Elliot Seawell
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In poetry:

Yet fear I not the foe;
But, ready for Death's blow,
Resignedly await
Inexorable fate.
"Of Death And Life" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell
Repress the tear of grief
That washes faith away,
And brave in zeal and love
Await our meeting-day.
"Rev. Henry Albertson Post," by Lydia Howard Huntley Sigourney
Await not with dismay
To-morrow's threatening things;
Sufficient to the day
The evil that it brings.
"Confidence in God" by John Bowring
Long time didst thou dwell
Mid the peoples that mourn,
Awaiting some voice
That should bid thee return.
"The Greek National Anthem" by Rudyard Kipling
The elven-ships in haven grey
Beneath the mountain-lee
Awaited her for many a day
Beside the roaring sea.
"Nimrodel" by J R R Tolkien
Come, for the soul is free!
In all the vast dreamland
There is no lock for thee,
Each door awaits thy hand.
"A Northern Vigil" by Bliss William Carman

In news:

This long awaited 2nd album continues to raise the bar.
When John DeMain raises his baton on the Madison Symphony Orchestra's podium, nearly 100 musicians come to attention, awaiting his mighty downbeat.
The US Department of Labor (DOL) Employee Benefits Security Administration has issued long-awaited final regulations governing disclosure of defined contribution plan fees under ERISA Section 408(b)(2).
Marley Dang, the 3-year-old son of a local Cambodian awaiting deportation.
Customs officials say two North Carolina men await extradition on military desertion charges after they were detained at the U.S.-Mexico border.
US customs officials say two North Carolina men await extradition on military desertion charges after they were detained at the U.S.-Mexico border.
As word of the long-awaited demise of Osama bin Laden began to circulate Sunday night, my initial thoughts flashed to the question of where he might have been all this time.
Food and agricultural groups are worried that the release of a long-awaited federal study on the health effects of dioxins will lead to new regulations from the Obama administration on what Americans can eat.
The long-awaited gay-civil-rights bill that the Legislature passed and Gov Christine Gregoire signed last month does not, unfortunately, apply in any way to an earlier law banning gay marriage.
Illegal to throw in the trash, they awaited a solution.
(AP) — Penn State's long-awaited internal investigation into the Jerry Sandusky says senior leaders disregarded the safety and welfare of his victims.
Penn State's long-awaited internal investigation into the Jerry Sandusky says senior leaders disregarded the safety and welfare of his victims.
Oscar Corral, AP In this Oct 13, 2008 photo, Tom Wolfe takes in Miami, the setting for his much-awaited immigration novel, "Back to Blood".
The little guy couldn't be more excited for the bowl of oatmeal that awaits him at the bottom of the stairs.
Former Manhattan attorney Marc Dreier may have pled guilty to committing more than $700 million in securities fraud, but that didn't mean he was willing to simply accept whatever conditions awaited him in federal prison.
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In science:

A nice theorem awaits for being formulated and proved! I wish to thank Serguei Dorogovtsev for pointing out to me that an argument used in the original version of this text is spurious.
Defining statistical ensembles of random graphs
Although the observed effect is still awaiting for a proven explanation, the issue has been addressed experimentally with the study prototype and the Cherenkov yield of the AGL monitored over about two years (January 1999 to january 2001).
Experimental study of a proximity focusing Cherenkov counter prototype for the AMS experiment
By and large, however, the theory presented in this section is still awaiting empirical tests.
Random graphs as models of networks
The question of whether these “dynamic clusters” are self-bound, still awaits an answer.
Clusters in Simple Fluids
Whether a similar revision is needed for giants have to await the construction of 3D models for such stars but slightly smaller corrections would not be unexpected. O i: The most problematic of the available diagnostics in metal-poor stars is likely the O i lines.
Stellar abundance analyses in the light of 3D hydrodynamical model atmospheres
This is also likely to be true of the separate metal-poor and metal-rich subsystems, but definite conclusions must await the measurement of additional radial velocities and improved surface density profiles for the subpopulations.
Dynamics of the Globular Cluster System Associated with M49 (NGC4472): Cluster Orbital Properties and the Distribution of Dark Matter
Trigger. Construction of the cluster crate is pending, awaiting studies of including its function in the GCT.
Level-1 Regional Calorimeter Trigger System for CMS
Interestingly, they often harbour very high expectations about the future capabilities and great achievements awaiting our civilization.
Brane Worlds, the Subanthropic Principle and the Undetectability Conjecture
Details on this must await additional work especially on how the approach of n to ∞ is taken.
Towards a Coherent Theory of Physics and Mathematics: The Theory-Experiment Connection
Also similarities between the expansion of the universe and the coordinate system expansion shown in Fig. 3 are of interest.5 Further development in this direction must await further work.
Towards a Coherent Theory of Physics and Mathematics: The Theory-Experiment Connection
Atmospheric neutrinos on the other hand are more delicate to identify: produced on the other side of the Earth, they have exactly the same signature as the cosmic signal Antares awaits for.
ANTARES Status & Milestones : News from Deep-Sea
Rigorous proof of our conjecture is awaited for.
Possibly Exact Solution for the Multicritical Point of Finite-Dimensional Spin Glasses
They await for GRB alerts distributed by the GCN system (Barthelmy et al. 2000) and move to the target as soon as possible in order to take exposures.
"Pi of the Sky" - all-sky, real-time search for fast optical transients
Despite the number of simulational studies of this model being already performed, some aspects of its critical behaviour and simulational details are still awaiting for more detailed analysis.
Criticality of the random-site Ising model: Metropolis, Swendsen-Wang and Wolff Monte Carlo algorithms
The sites in black are vacant, still awaiting their first visitor.
Goldbug Variations
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