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Definitions of while

  1. a period of indeterminate length ( usually short) marked by some action or condition; " he was here for a little while"; " I need to rest for a piece"; " a spell of good weather"; " a patch of bad weather"
  2. To loiter.
  3. Space of time, or continued duration, esp. when short; a time; as, one while we thought him innocent.
  4. That which requires time; labor; pains.
  5. During the time that; as long as; whilst; at the same time that; as, while I write, you sleep.
  6. Hence, under which circumstances; in which case; though; whereas.
  7. Until; till.
  8. To cause to pass away pleasantly or without irksomeness or disgust; to spend or pass; - usually followed by away.
  9. A period of time; time or pains required to do something; used in the expressions, worth while, and worth one's while.
  10. As long as; during the time that.
  11. To spend, as time.
  12. A space of time.
  13. During the time that: at the same time that, as long as.
  14. To cause to pass without irksomeness ( with away).
  15. During the time that; at the same time.
  16. To cause to pass without tediousness, as time.
  17. To spend pleasantly, as time; commonly followed by away.
  18. A short time; also, a period of time.
  19. During the time that.
  20. At the same time that; sometimes; tho.
  21. During the time that; as long as; at the same time that.
  22. Time; space of time, or continued duration. Worth while, worth the time which it requires; worth the time and pains; worth the expense.
  23. To cause time to pass away pleasantly, without irksomeness.
  24. Space of time; continued duration; pains or time, as in " worth while".
  25. To cause to pass pleasantly; to loiter.
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Usage examples for while

  1. Could she try now, while they were still up? – Cord and Creese by James de Mille
  2. Will you be so kind as to take my place, and sit with my son the while – John Halifax, Gentleman by Dinah Maria Mulock Craik
  3. The Company pays my expenses and two hundred dollars a month while I'm in Canada. – For the Allinson Honor by Harold Bindloss
  4. " Oh, please-" " Stay a while – Peg Woffington by Charles Reade
  5. So the only thing left for me is to get out of here while I still can. – Caribbee by Thomas Hoover
  6. You will think about it while I am gone, will you not? – Dora Thorne by Charlotte M. Braeme
  7. A year is such a little while to wait that I thought I was almost there. – Half a Dozen Girls by Anna Chapin Ray
  8. We must work the works of Him that sent Me, while it is day; the night cometh, when no man can work. – The Expositor's Bible: The Gospel of St. John, Vol. I by Marcus Dods
  9. It is but for a little while – John Halifax, Gentleman by Dinah Maria Mulock Craik
  10. You must have come in while Mr. Lannon was here. – Sube Cane by Edward Bellamy Partridge
  11. You must give me a little while to think it over, Saunders. – The Desired Woman by Will N. Harben
  12. And if you do fight, fight it out; and don't give in while you can stand and see. – Tom Brown's School Days by Thomas Hughes
  13. I must be happy while I can. – Furze the Cruel by John Trevena
  14. And I will go away for a while – By What Authority? by Robert Hugh Benson
  15. While he was alive, I could not sleep. – The Prussian Terror by Alexandre Dumas
  16. Take a man, while you're about it. – The Breaking Point by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  17. Then she was my wife for a little while – Philippine Folk-Tales by Clara Kern Bayliss, Berton L. Maxfield, W. H. Millington, Fletcher Gardner, Laura Watson Benedict
  18. Will you come while there's time? – The Abandoned Room by Wadsworth Camp
  19. While we had been talking a strange thing had happened. – A Monk of Cruta by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  20. She said she wanted to see all she could of it while she had the chance.... – The Lookout Man by B. M. Bower
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