after a while

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of after a while

: after some time has passed
  • We will get started after a while.
  • The job got easier after a while.

Word by Word Definitions

after play
  1. : following in time or place : afterward, behind, later

  1. : behind in place

  2. : subsequent to in time or order

  3. : subsequent to and in view of

  1. : subsequently to the time when

  1. : later in time

  2. : located toward the rear and especially toward the stern of a ship or tail of an aircraft

  1. used with a present participle to indicate action completed and especially just completed

  1. : afternoon

  1. used as the first part of a compound to indicate an event or entity that follows or results from the thing denoted by the second part of the compound

  2. used as the first part of a compound to indicate an event or entity of the same nature as the thing denoted by the second part of the compound but which follows that event or entity and is less intense or significant

  3. the rear or lower part

while play
  1. : a period of time especially when short and marked by the occurrence of an action or a condition : time

  2. : the time and effort used (as in the performance of an action) : trouble

  1. : during the time that

  2. : as long as

  3. : when on the other hand : whereas

  1. : until

  1. : to cause to pass especially without boredom or in a pleasant manner


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