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Meaning & Definition of While in English





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"
  • while,
  • piece,
  • spell,
  • patch

Examples of using

I'm glad Tom was able to see you while you were in Boston.
The English articles are bread-and-butter important. For instance, if I ask my English friend to hold my bag for a while, and then ask to give it back by saying "Give me bag", he'll probably steal the bag of the man standing around because he didn't understand which bag was meant.
The cook will get a thou, while mister schoolboy will get a beating.