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  1. while
    IPA[(h)wīl]
  2. noun

    • 1. a period of time:

      we chatted for a while she retired a little while ago
    • 2. for some time:

      can I keep it a while?
    • 3. at the same time; meanwhile:

      he starts to draw, talking the while
    • 4. during the time that:

      beseeching him, the while his hand she wrung

    conjunction

    • 1. during the time that; at the same time as:

      nothing much changed while he was away
    • 2. whereas (indicating a contrast):

      one person wants out, while the other wants the relationship to continue
    • 3. in spite of the fact that; although:

      while I wouldn't recommend a nighttime visit, by day the area is full of interest

    relative

    • 1. during which:

      the period while the animal remains alive

    verb

    • 1. pass time in a leisurely manner:

      a diversion to while away the long afternoons
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: while, plural noun: whiles

    • noun

      a period of time:

      for some time:

    • conjunction

      during the time that; at the same time as:

      whereas (indicating a contrast):

    • relative

      during which:
    • conjunction

      archaic form of while
    • conjunction

      archaic form of while
    • adjective

      (of a service) performed immediately:
    • adjective

      (of a service) performed immediately:
    • be concerned with relatively trivial matters while ignoring the serious or disastrous events going on around one
    • be concerned with relatively trivial matters while ignoring the serious or disastrous events going on around one
    • make good use of an opportunity while it lasts
    • make use of an opportunity immediately
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