Await vs. Wait - What's the difference?

Wiktionary

  • Await (verb)

    To wait for.

    "I await your reply to my letter."

  • Await (verb)

    To expect.

  • Await (verb)

    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."

  • Await (verb)

    To serve or attend; to wait on, wait upon.

  • Await (verb)

    To watch, observe.

  • Await (verb)

    To wait; to stay in waiting.

  • Await (noun)

    A waiting for; ambush.

  • Await (noun)

    Watching, watchfulness, suspicious observation.

  • Wait (verb)

    To delay movement or action until the arrival or occurrence of; to await. (Now generally superseded by “wait for”.)

  • Wait (verb)

    To delay movement or action until some event or time; to remain neglected or in readiness.

    "Wait here until your car arrives."

  • Wait (verb)

    To wait tables; to serve customers in a restaurant or other eating establishment.

    "She used to wait down at the Dew Drop Inn."

  • Wait (verb)

    To attend on; to accompany; especially, to attend with ceremony or respect.

  • Wait (verb)

    To attend as a consequence; to follow upon; to accompany.

  • Wait (verb)

    To defer or postpone (especially a meal).

    "to wait dinner"

  • Wait (verb)

    To remain celibate while one's lover is unavailable.

  • Wait (noun)

    A delay.

    "I had a very long wait at the airport security check."

  • Wait (noun)

    An ambush.

    "They lay in wait for the patrol."

  • Wait (noun)

    One who watches; a watchman.

  • Wait (noun)

    Hautboys, or oboes, played by town musicians.

  • Wait (noun)

    Musicians who sing or play at night or in the early morning, especially at Christmas time; serenaders; musical watchmen. [formerly waites, wayghtes.]

Oxford Dictionary

  • Await (verb)

    wait for (an event)

    "we await the proposals with impatience"

    "remand prisoners awaiting trial"

    "an eagerly awaited debut"

  • Await (verb)

    (of an event or circumstance) be in store for (someone)

    "many dangers await them"

  • Wait (verb)

    stay where one is or delay action until a particular time or event

    "he did not wait for a reply"

    "we're waiting for Allan to get back"

    "Vera did not wait on a Home Office ruling"

    "Ben stood on the street corner waiting to cross"

    "I had to wait my turn to play"

  • Wait (verb)

    stay where one is or delay action until (someone) arrives or is ready

    "he sits on the corner waiting for Mary"

    "she was waiting on her boyfriend"

  • Wait (verb)

    be left until a later time before being dealt with

    "we shall need a statement later, but that will have to wait"

  • Wait (verb)

    defer (a meal) until a person's arrival

    "I told my parents not to wait supper"

  • Wait (verb)

    remain in readiness for a purpose

    "he found the train waiting on the platform"

  • Wait (verb)

    (of a vehicle) be parked for a short time at the side of a road.

  • Wait (verb)

    used to indicate that one is eagerly impatient to do something or for something to happen

    "I can't wait to tell Nick what happened"

  • Wait (verb)

    act as a waiter or waitress, serving food and drink

    "a local man was employed to wait on them at table"

    "we had to wait tables in the mess hall"

  • Wait (noun)

    a period of waiting

    "we had a long wait"

  • Wait (noun)

    street singers of Christmas carols.

  • Wait (noun)

    official bands of musicians maintained by a city or town.

Webster Dictionary

  • Await

    To watch for; to look out for.

  • Await

    To wait on, serve, or attend.

  • Await

    To wait for; to stay for; to expect. See Expect.

  • Await

    To be in store for; to be ready or in waiting for; as, a glorious reward awaits the good.

  • Await (verb)

    To watch.

  • Await (verb)

    To wait (on or upon).

  • Await (verb)

    To wait; to stay in waiting.

  • Await (noun)

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

  • Wait (verb)

    To watch; to observe; to take notice.

  • Wait (verb)

    To stay or rest in expectation; to stop or remain stationary till the arrival of some person or event; to rest in patience; to stay; not to depart.

  • Wait

    To stay for; to rest or remain stationary in expectation of; to await; as, to wait orders.

  • Wait

    To attend as a consequence; to follow upon; to accompany; to await.

  • Wait

    To attend on; to accompany; especially, to attend with ceremony or respect.

  • Wait

    To cause to wait; to defer; to postpone; - said of a meal; as, to wait dinner.

  • Wait (noun)

    The act of waiting; a delay; a halt.

  • Wait (noun)

    Ambush.

  • Wait (noun)

    One who watches; a watchman.

  • Wait (noun)

    Hautboys, or oboes, played by town musicians; not used in the singular.

  • Wait (noun)

    Musicians who sing or play at night or in the early morning, especially at Christmas time; serenaders; musical watchmen.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Await (verb)

    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"

  • Wait (noun)

    time during which some action is awaited;

    "instant replay caused too long a delay"

    "he ordered a hold in the action"

  • Wait (noun)

    the act of waiting (remaining inactive in one place while expecting something);

    "the wait was an ordeal for him"

  • Wait (verb)

    stay in one place and anticipate or expect something;

    "I had to wait on line for an hour to get the tickets"

  • Wait (verb)

    wait before acting

  • Wait (verb)

    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"

  • Wait (verb)

    serve as a waiter in a restaurant;

    "I'm waiting on tables at Maxim's"

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