awhile

adverb \ ə-ˈhwī(-ə)l , ə-ˈwī(-ə)l \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of awhile

:for a while
  • Sit and rest awhile.

Can awhile be used after a preposition?

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

  1. I'm going to sit and rest awhile.

  2. The rumor had been around awhile.

Recent Examples of awhile from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of awhile

see 1while


AWHILE Defined for English Language Learners

awhile

adverb

Definition of awhile for English Language Learners

  • : for a while : for a short time


AWHILE Defined for Kids

awhile

adverb \ ə-ˈhwīl , ə-ˈwīl \

Definition of awhile for Students

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


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