In the context of the discussion in this blog post and comments on using await as a keyword for a potentially asynchronous operation in C#5, I wondered if there is any real difference between await and wait? Already as a dictionary definition, but also in common usage.

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    There's at least a trivial difference in syntax: you wait for X, but you await X. – ShreevatsaR Nov 1 '10 at 8:53

To await is to wait for, but at least to my mind "await" carries a stronger connotation of expectation than "wait". I can wait for the bus, but I eagerly await your response. Etymonline indicates that both were originally an active, hostile sort of waiting, and it seems to me that "await" has retained more of this meaning.

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