Definitions for awhileəˈʰwaɪl, əˈwaɪl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

a•while*əˈʰwaɪl, əˈwaɪl(adv.)

  1. for a short time or period:

    Stay awhile.

    Category: Usage Note

* Usage: The adverb awhile is always spelled as one word: We rested awhile. The noun phrase a while is used, esp. in edited writing, when a preposition is expressed: We rested for a while. The one-word form, however, is appearing more frequently after a preposition: We rested for awhile.

Origin of awhile:

bef. 1000; ME; OE āne hwīle (dat.); see a1, while

Princeton's WordNet

  1. awhile, for a while(adverb)

    for a short time

    "sit down and stay awhile"; "they settled awhile in Virginia before moving West"; "the baby was quiet for a while"


  1. awhile(Adverb)

    For some time; for a short time.

    Sit with me awhile.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Awhile(adverb)

    for a while; for some time; for a short time

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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


for a short time

Wait awhile.

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