\ 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.

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One reason the negotiations have taken awhile is that the distillery has accrued additional violations since the original spill, state records show. Benjamin Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "It's been a year since Kentucky's huge bourbon barrel spill. What's changed?," 21 June 2019 This first-time appearance for the group is due to a chance encounter Mark and breakfast Chairwoman Nancy Martin had with Star Wars Society members while at the Ronald McDonald House at Rady Children’s Hospital awhile back. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Pomerado News, "Visitors from another ‘galaxy’ coming to 51st annual breakfast in Rancho Bernardo," 21 Aug. 2019 Rue’s actress Zendaya is singing an original song in voiceover (Zendaya, who came up on the Disney Channel, had a music career in addition to her acting career for awhile), and onscreen, Rue is mouthing along to the words, but slightly off-beat. Constance Grady, Vox, "Why Euphoria’s messy season finale could mean great things for the show’s future," 11 Aug. 2019 People coming in and out of the restaurant said the dog had been in the car for awhile. Greg Garrison |, al, "Huntsville police charge woman with felony for dog in hot car," 4 Aug. 2019 Another factor — Carr hasn’t been completely healthy for awhile now. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Derek Carr on the run, and not for his life, as Raiders open practice," 27 July 2019 And according to Sam, after awhile Blaze walked down a path alone and disappeared into the brush. CBS News, "Blaze Bernstein murder: Was an Ivy League student slain in the name of hate?," 20 July 2019 Imagine Dragons, on the other hand, had been rolling awhile ahead of their Summerfest performance. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Will Lizzo be a repeat of Imagine Dragons 2013 at Summerfest? Maybe not. But let's discuss the scenarios," 25 June 2019 Taylor was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas when Nick Hundley had back spasms, and will stay awhile since Hundley has now had arthroscopic knee surgery. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "A’s get six homers, stout pitching from Anderson and blast Orioles," 18 June 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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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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to spread over or through

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