\ ə-ˈ(h)wī(-ə)l How to pronounce awhile (audio) \

Definition of awhile

: for a while Sit and rest awhile.

Can awhile be used after a preposition?: Usage Guide

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. … would be generous enough to let me explore their world for awhile. — David Yeadon

Examples of awhile in a Sentence

I'm going to sit and rest awhile. The rumor had been around awhile.
Recent Examples on the Web Clothing rental and subscription services—especially those around work and formal events—took a hit during the pandemic given there weren't many events that called for anything beyond t-shirts, jeans, and sweatpants for awhile. Rachel King, Fortune, 24 July 2022 Congressional staffers work long hours for little pay, and the idea of trying to improve things through unionization has been floating around for awhile. Camryn Pak, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 July 2022 For the first time in awhile, the Seahawks didn’t reach for a player in Round 1. Baltimore Sun, 29 Apr. 2022 The defense had one of its more underwhelming performances in awhile, which bled over to a disjointed offensive outing where turnovers were once again a problem. Alexa Philippou,, 1 Feb. 2022 When Pine Bluff's left for another job awhile back, the superintendent of the Dollarway district, Barbara Warren, was placed over the Pine Bluff district as well by design of state education officials. Arkansas Online, 15 Nov. 2020 Lengthy guitar riffs and harmonica solos kept the audience on their toes, even though Vos took awhile to warm up to the crowd. Journal Sentinel, 26 June 2022 Price is center stage and is going to be there for awhile. Greg Petro, Forbes, 24 June 2022 That prisoner, Dave Mason, took awhile to die and there was a lot of twitching and convulsing involved. Jenna Fowler,, 18 Dec. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of awhile

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for awhile

adverbial use of a while (written as one word sporadically since Middle English), going back to Middle English awhile, one while, going back to Old English āne hwīle — more at a entry 2, while entry 1

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The first known use of awhile was before the 12th century

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“Awhile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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\ ə-ˈhwīl How to pronounce awhile (audio) , ə-ˈwīl \

Kids Definition of awhile

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

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