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while

while

 
pronunciation:
waIl [or] hwaIl
parts of speech:
noun, conjunction, transitive verb
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a period of time.
Please stay and talk for a while; I've made some coffee.We skated for a while, but then we had to take a rest.
similar words:
spell, stretch, time
definition 2: the effort or time given to something.
If you want to improve quickly, it's worth your while to practice your instrument everyday.
 
part of speech: conjunction
definition 1: during the time that; as long as.
I will not speak to you while you are angry.
definition 2: although.
While he can't cook, he sews very well.
definition 3: and in contrast; whereas.
He loves dogs, while she favors cats.
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: whiled, whiles, whiling
definition: to cause (time) to pass in a carefree and relaxing manner (usu. fol. by away).
We whiled away the days of summer.
similar words:
idle, loaf