while

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while is part of the Basic English 850.
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while is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
while

Pronunciation[change]

Preposition[change]

Preposition
while

  1. If x happens while y happens, they happen at the same time.
    He fell asleep while sitting at his desk.

Noun[change]

Singular
while

Plural
none

  1. A while is a short time.
    After a while I will stop working and cook food for us.

Verb[change]

Plain form
while

Third-person singular
whiles

Past tense
whiled

Past participle
whiled

Present participle
whiling

  1. To pass time.
    On Sundays, I like to while away the time by reading.