Complete Definition of "while"

English

rank|people|still|just|143|while|again|also|away

Etymology
OE. term|hwil|hwīl|lang=ang.

Pronunciation
a|RP IPA|/waɪl/, SAMPA|/waIl/
a|GenAm? IPA|/waɪl/, /Êaɪl/, SAMPA|/waIl/, /WaIl?/
audio|en-us-while.ogg|Audio (US)
:rhymes|aɪl

Noun
en-noun|-

  1. A certain duration of time, a period of time.

#:He lectured for quite a long while.

Translations
trans-top|a certain duration of time, a period of time
Catalan: estona f
Dutch: tijdje n, momentje n, een hele tijd m
German: Weile f, Weilchen n diminutive, Zeitspanne f
Interlingua: tempore
Kurdish: KUchar|ÙاÙÙâ
Latin: dum
Norwegian: stund m
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Old English: þrag|þrÄg f
Polish: chwila f
Portuguese: tempo m
Spanish: rato m
Swedish: stund c, tag n
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Conjunction
wikipedia
en-conj

  1. During the same time that.

#: He was sleeping while I was singing.

  1. although

#: This case, while interesting, is a bit frustrating.

  1. context|in|_|Northern English dialect until

#: I'll wait while you finish painting.

Translations
trans-top|during the same time that
Arabic: ARchar|بÙÙÙا (beináma)
Catalan: mentre
Chinese: ç¶, å½ (dÄng)
Croatian: dok
Czech: zatímco
Dutch: terwijl
Esperanto: dum
French: pendant que
German: während
Ido: dum, dum ke
Indonesian: sementara
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Interlingua: durante que
Italian: mentre
Japanese: éã« (ããã ã«, aida ni)
Korean: íë ëì (haneun dong-an)
Norwegian: mens
Polish: podczas
Portuguese: enquanto
Romanian: în timp ce
Russian: пока (poká)
Spanish: mientras, mientras que
Swedish: medan
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trans-top|although
Catalan: malgrat
Czech: byť
Esperanto: kvankam
French: tandis que
Interlingua: ben que
Italian: malgrado, benché
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Kurdish: KUchar|ئÙâÚ¯ÙâرÚÛ
Portuguese: embora, malgrado
Romanian: deÅi
Russian: ÑоÑÑ (khotjá)
Spanish: aunque
Swedish: fastän
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Verb
en-verb|whil|es

  1. To pass time idly.

Derived terms
while away
meanwhile

Related terms
whilst

Translations
trans-top|to pass time idly
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Spanish: vagar
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Category:200 English basic words
Category:Time

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