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

Definition of awhile

: for a while Sit and rest awhile.

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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 The host Florida Gators’ stunning loss to USF to open the NCAA baseball tournament is going to hurt for awhile. Edgar Thompson,, 4 June 2021 The family traveled in the Army for awhile, but Mrs. Fringer returned home and worked tirelessly for our community. Kevin Dayhoff,, 1 June 2021 By that standard, the 2020 presidential campaign may be with us awhile. Editorial Board Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 6 Nov. 2020 With their first-round foe not set until Friday night, the Jazz focused for awhile on getting rested up, then cleaning up their own schemes, before finally turning some attention to the opposition. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 May 2021 Full story here, including a reminder that transit agencies are bracing for the possibility that ridership won’t return to normal for awhile. Lisa Donovan,, 17 May 2021 In fact, coach Kevin Stefanski asked the players to sit with the pain for awhile to fuel them for 2021. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 12 May 2021 In the video, Jeff explains that, a few months into the pandemic, David Dobrik wanted to make a comeback to YouTube after not posting for awhile — his idea was for the Vlog Squad to do a series of crazy stunts for a new video. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, 22 Apr. 2021 While there may be a constraint on electronics sales in the coming months due to a shortage of chips, Bethea noted that means consumers will be even more motivated to make sure their existing devices continue to work for awhile. Kavita Kumar, Star Tribune, 13 May 2021

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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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13 Jun 2021

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“Awhile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of awhile

: for a while : for a short time


\ 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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