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Hi,

Do you think wait for and await have the same meaning and are interchangeable?

(We are awaiting results = We are waiting for results (1) ?

to await a reply =to wait for a reply (2) ?

A warm welcome awaits all our customers. =A warm welcome waits for all our customers.(3)?

A surprise awaited us on our arrival.= A surprise waited for us on our arrival. (4) ? )

If not, how can we distinguish their meanings?

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wait for.
You need for with wait: to wait for something.

1) If the subject is a person or animal, use wait for:

We are waiting for results.
The dog is waiting for his dinner.

2) If the subject is not a person or animal, use await:

A warm welcome awaits ...
A surprise awaits ...

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In case 1) above, you can use await if you want to speak in a much higher register. This is not usual.
We are awaiting results.

CJ
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Thanks, please see above

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if any of you were so inclined you might find the dictionary to be invaluable. Await can and often is used with reference to people. What did happen to elementary education?

I eagerly AWAIT your response.
A response is not an animal or person...try again.
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CalifJim, Pls kindly remove your posting because it has misled a lot of users. Webster Dictionary disagree with your statement. await=wait for. Thank you.
AnonymousCalifJim, Pls kindly remove your posting because it has misled a lot of users. Webster Dictionary disagrees with your statement. await=wait for. Thank you.
I completely support CJ's post.
You have misread it.
What did happen...? or What happened?
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