\ 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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This time around, with the tablescape designed to stay awhile (a companion installation opens next week at DSM's Los Angeles boutique, in time for the inaugural Frieze Art Fair there), Gohar has focused on facsimile delights. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "Simone Rocha and Laila Gohar Create a Fantasy Banquet Inside Dover Street Market," 8 Feb. 2019 Set up a campsite and stay awhile for an overnight taste of this special brand of island life. Sharyn Alden, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Island hopping in Wisconsin: 5 worth a visit," 15 June 2018 Sticky Rice invites guests to sit and stay awhile with a small-plates menu full of a cuisine new to Orlando: Laotian. Lauren Delgado,, "Create your own Laotian feast at Sticky Rice," 30 Apr. 2018 The outlook: Driving down drug prices through competition may take awhile. Sarah Jane Tribble, USA TODAY, "Trump's tough talk on drug prices: Dissecting the rhetoric vs. reality," 27 Apr. 2018 Insider tips: Arrive early for a parking place and plan to stay awhile to see hula and hear live music. Rosemary Mcclure,, "In Kauai, where to eat for cheap: 20 places to chow down for $20," 15 Apr. 2018 Instead of staying for a little 45-minute space adventure before hopping back to the safe confines of our universe, Discovery appears to be unpacking its interstellar suitcase and staying awhile. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "On Star Trek: Discovery, Things Get Evil," 8 Jan. 2018 And for awhile at least, officials at CES were clearly impressed. Lisa Liebman, Glamour, "CES Just Doesn’t Know What to Do With a Sex Toy for Women," 18 Jan. 2019 While Terminal will mark his first film appearance in awhile, Myers has been getting back to his roots in TV. Mike Miller,, "Mike Myers Is Enjoying the 'Happiest Time' of His Life at 55 and Wants to Do Austin Powers 4," 25 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 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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