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Definitions of while

  1. To cause to pass away pleasantly or without irksomeness or disgust; to spend or pass; - usually followed by away. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To spend, as time. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. To cause to pass without irksomeness (with away). The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4. To cause to pass without tediousness, as time. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. To spend pleasantly, as time; commonly followed by away. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. To cause time to pass away pleasantly, without irksomeness. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  7. To cause to pass pleasantly; to loiter. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  8. Until; till. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Space of time, or continued duration, esp. when short; a time; as, one while we thought him innocent. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. A period of time; time or pains required to do something; used in the expressions, worth while, and worth one's while. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  11. A space of time. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  12. A short time; also, a period of time. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. Space of time; continued duration; pains or time, as in "worth while". Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  14. 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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  15. During the time that; as long as; whilst; at the same time that; as, while I write, you sleep. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. Hence, under which circumstances; in which case; though; whereas. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. During the time that; at the same time. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  18. During the time that. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  19. At the same time that; sometimes; tho. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  20. During the time that: at the same time that, as long as. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  21. During the time that; as long as; at the same time that. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for while

  1. Could she try now, while they were still up? – Cord and Creese by James de Mille
  2. Take a man, while you're about it. – The Breaking Point by Mary Roberts Rinehart
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