a period or interval of time: to wait a long while;He arrived a short while ago.
Archaic. a particular time or occasion.
during or in the time that.
throughout the time that; as long as.
even though; although: While she appreciated the honor, she could not accept the position.
at the same time that (showing an analogous or corresponding action): The floor was strewn with books, while magazines covered the tables.
to cause (time) to pass, especially in some easy or pleasant manner (usually followed by away).
Idioms about while
all the while. See entry at all the while.
worth one's while, worth one's time, trouble, or expense: The art exhibition that opened yesterday isn't worth your while.
- while , wile
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How to use while in a sentence
Panda-Patrice hybrid plays board games with five young girls whilst rapping “Get me broccoli/while I play Monopoly.”The Most Offensive Lyrics and WTF Moments From ‘Chinese Food’ | Culture Team | October 15, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
I fervently believe that the government should cut down on texting-while-driving if it possibly can.
At first borrowing from an online lender was just a once-in-a-while habit that started in early 2009.
With the more abundant material now available, such an appraisal would be worth-while.A Synopsis of the American Bats of the Genus Pipistrellus | Walter W. Dalquest
The youthful pair start beneath the smile of a blue sky, flecked with milk-while clouds merely to heighten the effect.The Petty Troubles of Married Life, Complete | Honore de Balzac
She seemed one of the most worth‑while girls I had ever met.The Fire People | Ray Cummings
Why, on the campus now, the really worth-while girls rave over her.Marjorie Dean College Freshman | Pauline Lester
“It is as though the bearer had run for a paternoster-while, and then leaped the river,” Dick observed.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 8 (of 25) | Robert Louis Stevenson
British Dictionary definitions for while
(subordinating) at the same time that: please light the fire while I'm cooking
(subordinating) all the time that: I stay inside while it's raining
(subordinating) in spite of the fact that: while I agree about his brilliance I still think he's rude
(coordinating) whereas; and in contrast: flats are expensive, while houses are cheap
(subordinating; used with a gerund) during the activity of: while walking I often whistle
Scot and Northern English dialect another word for until you'll have to wait while Monday for these sheets; you'll never make any progress while you listen to me
(usually used in adverbial phrases) a period or interval of time: once in a long while
trouble or time (esp in the phrase worth one's while): it's hardly worth your while to begin work today
the while at that time: he was working the while
- See also whiles
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with while
In addition to the idioms beginning with while
- while away
- while back
- while there's life there's hope
- all the time (while)
- a while back
- every now and then (once in a while)
- fiddle while Rome burns
- get out while the getting is good
- in a while
- make hay while the sun shines
- once in a while
- quit while you're ahead
- strike while the iron's hot
- worth one's while
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