\ 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.
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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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24 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Awhile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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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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