\ ə-ˈhwī(-ə)l How to pronounce awhile (audio) , 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.
Recent Examples on the Web It's taken awhile for Dallas to get back to this level of play, as the squad dropped three straight games after opening the season with three straight wins. Adam Renuart, CNN, "Patriots vs. Cowboys: Two of the NFL's most despised teams face off," 24 Nov. 2019 By the second week of the strike, with little sign of resolution, the once-jubilant workers had started to hunker down, expecting the walkout to last awhile. Erin Kirkland, New York Times, "40 Days, Thousands of Jobs: The G.M. Strike From the Picket Lines," 29 Oct. 2019 In the girls match, Centennial (9-1) hung close for awhile behind strong play from Morgan Taylor (21 points) and the duo of Erin Jeong and Sussie Park, who each scored 12 points. Brent Kennedy,, "Marriotts Ridge golf sweeps key tri-match to stay unbeaten, secure piece of county titles," 25 Sep. 2019 Thousands of drug cases hang in the balance at GBI; its backlog jumped from 316 requests to 17,285 in five years – all awhile, the number of new submissions remaining consistent, hovering in the low 30,000s. Emilie Ikeda, Fox News, "Dealers return to the streets thanks to steep drug analysis backlogs," 3 Aug. 2018 So, in the words of Janet Jackson, let’s wait awhile. Wired, "Showtime Is Making a Limited Series About Uber," 17 Oct. 2019 Because after awhile there’s going to be a press conference every day. San Diego Union-Tribune, ".394 — It’s been 25 years since strike wiped out Gwynn’s chance to hit .400," 10 Aug. 2019 After awhile, DiCaprio needed more to find his character. Ryan Parker, The Hollywood Reporter, "Quentin Tarantino Explains Choice to Make Leonardo DiCaprio's 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' Character Bipolar," 31 July 2019 Pixie cuts have been all the rage for awhile, especially for the celebrity set. Allure, "19 Badass Pixie Cuts That'll Inspire You to Go Short," 18 Mar. 2019

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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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2 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Awhile.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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How to pronounce awhile (audio)

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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