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Idioms about while

    all the while, at or during this time; all along: She realized all the while that the cake would fall.
    worth one's while, worth one's time, trouble, or expense: The art exhibition that opened yesterday isn't worth your while.

Origin of while

before 900; Middle English; Old English hwīl; cognate with Dutch wijl,German weile,Old Norse hvīla,Gothic hweila

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH while

while , wile
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How to use while in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for while

while
/ (waɪl) /

conjunction Also: whilst (waɪlst)
preposition, conjunction
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
noun
See also whiles

Word Origin for while

Old English hwīl; related to Old High German hwīla (German Weile), Gothic hveila, Latin quiēs peace, tranquīlus tranquil

usage for while

It was formerly considered incorrect to use while to mean in spite of the fact that or whereas, but these uses have now become acceptable
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Other Idioms and Phrases with while

while

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