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    Await or wait

    What's the difference between the two words " await" and "wait"?

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    Re: Await or wait

    'Await' means 'wait for' (with an emphasis on the anticipation).

    'The children are eagerly awaiting Christmas.'

    'I had to wait 20 minutes for a bus.'/'How long did you have to wait?


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    Re: Await or wait

    Hi, Belly,
    As you can see, await takes a direct object (has no preposition); besides, there's a semantic or stylistic difference. Await is formal.
    I await your orders/instructions is perhaps the most common phrase with the verb.
    I don't think the verbs are always interchangeable.
    A man is awaiting trial over the murder of Julie, 18.
    I have to await the arrival of the Emperor.
    She was still awaiting a date for the hearing of her appeal against her suspension.

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