\ə-ˈhwī(-ə)l, ə-ˈwī(-ə)l\

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.

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Although 100 percent of precincts have reported results, election officials will have to account for absentee and provisional ballots in a process that could last awhile. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Josh Harder is in a dead heat in his congressional race to become the only venture capitalist in the House of Representatives," 7 Nov. 2018 Every once in awhile, my son sends music recommendations via text message. Paul Daugherty,, "Paul Daugherty blog: Pump the brakes on your hatred of the Bengals in concert venue saga.," 12 June 2018 Most of these people have been here awhile and haven’t moved. J. Harry Jones,, "Hottest place in the county Friday? It wasn't the desert," 6 July 2018 Well, yes, in that he’s been out there awhile without a setback. Albert Breer,, "The Farce of Free Agency’s Tampering Period," 22 Feb. 2018 The Flores family left their home country of El Salvador years ago due to gang violence, living in Guatemala for awhile before ending up in Mexico. David Zurawik,, "MSNBC brings moral authority to cruel Trump immigration actions," 15 June 2018 But Drew loved violin too much to quit, and after awhile, Black saw no reason to force him to pick one instrument. Cristina Bolling, charlotteobserver, "They never expected his gift. Now they must help him make the biggest choice of his young life. | Charlotte Observer," 22 Mar. 2018 After awhile, Kirk covered her face with the papers to block it from numerous photographers in the courtroom. Paloma Esquivel,, "Friends say Joshua Tree couple is extremely poor, not abusive," 3 Mar. 2018 The takeaway: Bath toys and sippy cups need to be replaced after awhile. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Woman's Day, "Most Sippy Cups and Kids' Bath Toys are Covered in Bacteria, Mold, and Fecal Matter," 14 June 2016

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First Known Use of awhile

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for awhile

see while entry 1

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

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English Language Learners Definition of awhile

: for a while : for a short time


\ə-ˈhwīl, ə-ˈwīl\

Kids Definition of awhile

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

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to move with a clumsy heavy tread

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