# while

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

## Preposition

 Prepositionwhile
1. If ${\displaystyle x}$ happens while ${\displaystyle y}$ happens, they happen at the same time.
He fell asleep while sitting at his desk.

## Noun

 Plural none
1. A while is a short time.
After a while I will stop working and cook food for us.

## Verb

 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.