\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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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 After awhile, my friend and her boyfriend disappeared, leaving T. and me alone. Sarah Dessen, Seventeen, "I Thought Dating An Older Guy Was Cool — Until I Sensed That Something Was Very Wrong," 5 May 2015 That dish will stay on the menu awhile, Janisse-Kanzenbach said. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sweet summer on a plate: Fruits can enhance savory dishes, too," 26 June 2018 Lyttleton knew enough about driving traffic to businesses to realize that murals could coax visitors to stay awhile on their way to Julian, the desert, campgrounds and rivers. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Murals come a long way under Elaine Lyttleton's watch," 1 June 2018 Just building up a new stockpile of uranium would take awhile. David E. Sanger, New York Times, "How Long Would It Take Iran to Build a Nuclear Bomb? It Depends," 8 May 2018

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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 reject or criticize sharply

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