awhile - a while

awhile - a while
'awhile'
Awhile is an adverb used after a verb. It means `for a short period of time'.

I may have to stay there awhile.

Can't you just wait awhile?

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'a while'
A while is an indefinite period of time. You can say that someone does something for a while or after a while.

For a while it looked as if it might work.

Henze settled on Ischia for a while.

After a while, we drove off.

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You can use adjectives such as `short', `little', or `long' in front of while.

I'm going to have to leave you on your own for a short while.

...a book that I read a little while ago.

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Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • awhile, a while — These words cause trouble with spelling, but their meanings are easily distinguished. While is a noun meaning a period of time and with a is correctly spelled and pronounced as two words in a sentence such as Ellie had to wait a while for the bus …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • awhile — awhile, a while Both expressions have the same origin in the word while, but it should be noted that awhile is strictly adverbial whereas a while is a noun phrase (very often preceded by for): • When he reached the street sign he stopped awhile… …   Modern English usage

  • Awhile — A*while , adv. [Adj. a + while time, interval.] For a while; for some time; for a short time. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • awhile — [adv] for a short period briefly, for a bit, for a little while, for a moment, for a spell, for a while, for the moment, momentarily, not for long, temporarily, transiently; concept 798 …   New thesaurus

  • awhile — [ə wīl′, əhwīl′] adv. [ME < OE ane hwile, a while] for a while; for a short time …   English World dictionary

  • awhile — O.E. ane hwile (for) a while, usually written as one word since 13c …   Etymology dictionary

  • a while — ◊ awhile Awhile is an adverb used after a verb. It means for a short period of time . I may have to stay there awhile. Can t you just wait awhile? ◊ a while A while is an indefinite period of time. You can say that someone does something …   Useful english dictionary

  • awhile — a•while [[t]əˈ(h)waɪl, əˈwaɪl[/t]] adv. use for a short time or period: Stay awhile[/ex] • Etymology: bef. 1000; ME; OE āne hwīle (dat.); see a I, while usage: The adverb awhile is always spelled as one word: We rested awhile. The noun phrase a… …   From formal English to slang

  • awhile — /euh hwuyl , euh wuyl /, adv. for a short time or period: Stay awhile. [bef. 1000; ME; OE ane hwile (dat.); see A1, WHILE] Usage. The adverb AWHILE is spelled as a single word: After stopping in Hadley awhile, we drove to Deerfield. As the object …   Universalium

  • a while — awhile, a while Both expressions have the same origin in the word while, but it should be noted that awhile is strictly adverbial whereas a while is a noun phrase (very often preceded by for): • When he reached the street sign he stopped awhile… …   Modern English usage

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