\ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Roped stanchions mark off the left corner of the community center, a chalkboard sign at the host sign sharing that the food here isn’t fast, welcoming diners to stay awhile. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Fried pork chops, top-notch greens shine at this Southern bistro in downtown Louisville," 20 Nov. 2019 Otherwise, come on over, kick off your Manolo Blahniks or ratty flip-flops, and stay awhile. Liz Krieger, Good Housekeeping, "Shoes Are Banned In My House — But I Have One Very Important Exception," 12 June 2019 Add to this the fact that most Americans only upgrade their phones every three or four years, leaving a good portion of the US population without a device to access a 5G network for quite awhile. Mohanbir Sawhney For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Don't hold your breath for 5G. Most of us won't be using it until 2025," 10 Dec. 2019 Get $1 off their #cottoncandy topped treats on Saturday and chill awhile in their beautiful #EastOrlando digs near #UCF. Amy Drew Thompson,, "Cloudy with a chance of sprinkles: Orlando celebrates Cotton Candy Day," 6 Dec. 2019 But it wasn't meant to be and after sitting on it awhile, Michael and Austin considered passing on the song to Michael Bublé, the undisputed modern-day King of Christmas who may well have added the track to his all-conquering 2011 festive LP. Jon O'brien, Billboard, "'December Song': Why You Should Unwrap George Michael's Other Christmas Tune," 4 Dec. 2019 Many of us who had worked there awhile were disappointed with the decision. Bulletin Board, Twin Cities, "Sunday Bulletin Board: The Case of Mama Hen and the Mongrel Chicks — or: What Would Jesus Say?," 10 Nov. 2019 Of course, the reintroduction of Shaun's parents is a storyline that some viewers have been anxiously awaiting for awhile now, and it's guaranteed to give us even more insight into Shaun's past and present. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Yikes, the Preview for 'the Good Doctor' Season 3 Winter Finale Has Fans "In Tears"," 1 Dec. 2019 According to the incident report, Keller and Javier had been drinking at Connolly’s Pub earlier in the night and had gone to Javier’s apartment for awhile before deciding to head back to the pub. Katie Rice,, "Man struck and killed by Amtrak train last week was “racing the train," Longwood police say," 27 Nov. 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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14 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Awhile.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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How to pronounce awhile (audio)

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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