What Is Their Main Difference?
'Wait' can function as both a noun and a verb, whereas, 'await' is mainly a verb. Look at the examples below:
It was a long
Here, it is a noun.
The suspect will be
Both indicate holding on and letting time pass in order to achieve what you want. Take a look at the examples below:
I asked her to
We will gladly be
Are They Interchangeable?
Although they have similar meanings, they cannot be used interchangeably because 'await' is more formal than 'wait'. Compare:
✓ I have been waiting for you for nearly ten minutes.
X I have been awaiting you for nearly ten minutes.
This sentence is grammatically correct, but it is more formal than the first one.