While

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Definition

While (I was sleeping...): When, during the time that, as (I was sleeping...)
conjunction
In British English, whilst is often used in place of 'while'.

He shouted at his wife while I was still in the room, I didn't know what to say.
Can you wait for me while I get ready?

While (on the building site, be very careful): When, if you are (on the building site, be very careful)
conjunction

(to wait for) a while: (to wait for) a period of time, a moment
idiom
It's been a while since I last heard from you, how have you been?

Pronunciation examples
UK: Whilst you're up, would you mind making me a cup of tea?
US: I cut my chin while shaving this morning.
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Examples

  • "while drinking heavily."
  • "Did you know that this little girl once took a taxi to school for a week while the chauffeur was out sick?"
  • "Plus you keep yelling ‘man overboard' while using the toilet."
  • "Greenzo: Saving the earth while maintaining profitability."
  • "The experience was utterly humiliating for both of us, and for a long while, it seemed that we would die in that horrible, detestable yet meticulously organized hellhole."
  • "Ride a whale while wearing a cowboy hat."
  • "Glen : The rest of you, while I'm helping Edward, please practice your breathing."
  • "While the print media has indeed been critical of your company recently, we propose focusing on Delavigne's Internet presence to shift the narrative from tabloid gossip to the high quality profiles and experience of your staff."
  • "Nobody knows this, but every night I return home at seven o'clock to feed my seven cats and watch soap operas while eating bon bons in front of the telly."
  • "Now you shake the test tube, while I sing the peace and love song."

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