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Definitions for awhile
əˈʰwaɪl, əˈwaɪlawhile

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. awhile, for a whileadverb

    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. awhileadverb

    For some time; for a short time.

    Sit with me awhile.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Awhileadverb

    Some time; some space of time.

    Etymology: This word, generally reputed an adverb, is only a while, that is, a time, an interval.

    Stay, stay, I say;
    And if you love me, as you say you do,
    Let me persuade you to forbear awhile. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    Into this wild abyss the wary fiend
    Stood on the brink of hell, and look’d awhile,
    Pond’ring his voyage. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. ii. l. 918.


  1. awhile

    While is a word in the English language that functions both as a noun and as a subordinating conjunction. Its meaning varies largely based on its intended function, position in the phrase and even the writer or speaker's regional dialect. As a conjunction, it is synonymous with the word whilst, a form often considered archaic in American English, as well as in some style guides on both sides of the Atlantic.


  1. awhile

    Awhile is an adverb that refers to a period of time that is relatively brief or for a short duration. It typically signifies a temporary interval or a short pause.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Awhileadverb

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

  2. Etymology: [Adj. a + while time, interval.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Awhile

    a-hwīl′, adv. for some time: for a short time. [A.S. áne hwíle = a while; combined as early as 13th century.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of awhile in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of awhile in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of awhile in a Sentence

  1. David Holmes:

    I really don't trust President Trump, president Trump has been awhile since there has been this kind of unrest in politics in this country. ... It is best not to discuss politics because there is always going to be some friction involved.

  2. Stanton Glantz:

    In October, Canada became the first major economic country to legalize recreational marijuana, which will undoubtedly be a bellwether for the U.S. as it continues to debate policy issues surrounding pot. And although cigarette smoking might be on the decline, Dr. King notes the tobacco industry has heavily diversified its portfolio of products and still remains one of the most profitable industries globally. So while it might be awhile beforeconvenient stores are sellingpacks of joints, similar to a pack of cigarettes its cleartobacco is positioningitself for an impendingshift towards cannabis. Kids started with tobacco and then graduated to marijuana, now its the other way around. Kids start with marijuana and they graduate to tobacco.

  3. John Muir:

    Keep close to nature's heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.

  4. Bill Jeffress:

    I had no reason until I heard last night to know that anything was imminent, i had my hopes up for quite awhile. We've been trying since the end of the President George W. Bush administration to get this done.

  5. Mairead McKenna:

    I fear in the coming days or weeks, [ the hospital ] will stop all parents from visiting, as things will likely get worse before it gets better, i'm guessing this will be our new setup [ for awhile now ].

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