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awhile

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adverb \ə-ˈhwī(-ə)l, ə-ˈwī(-ə)l\

Simple Definition of awhile

  • : for a while : for a short time

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of awhile

  1. :  for a while

Usage Discussion of awhile

Although considered a solecism by many commentators, awhile, like several other adverbs of time and place, is often used as the object of a preposition <for awhile there is a silence — Lord Dunsany>.

Examples of awhile in a sentence

  1. I'm going to sit and rest awhile.

  2. The rumor had been around awhile.



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of awhile

before 12th century


AWHILE Defined for Kids

awhile

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adverb \ə-ˈhwīl, ə-ˈwīl\

Definition of awhile for Students

  1. :  for a while :  for a short time <Sit down and rest awhile.>




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