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While vs. During

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Whilenoun

An uncertain duration of time, a period of time.

‘He lectured for quite a long while.’;

Duringpreposition

For all of a given time interval.

‘I lived with my parents during the 1970s.’; ‘The shop was one of the few able to stay open during the war.’;

Whileconjunction

During the same time that.

‘He was sleeping while I was singing.’;

Duringpreposition

At any time or period within a given time interval.

‘I lived with my parents at several points during the 1980s.’; ‘Many of the best examples were produced during the Restoration.’;

Whileconjunction

Although.

‘This case, while interesting, is a bit frustrating.’;

Duringpreposition

In the time of; as long as the action or existence of; as, during life; during the space of a year.

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Whileconjunction

Until.

‘I'll wait while you've finished painting.’;

Whileconjunction

As long as.

‘While you're at school you may live at home.’;

Whilepreposition

Until.

Whileverb

(transitive) To pass (time) idly.

Whileverb

To loiter.

Whilenoun

Space of time, or continued duration, esp. when short; a time; as, one while we thought him innocent.

‘This mighty queen may no while endure.’; ‘[Some guest that] hath outside his welcome while,And tells the jest without the smile.’; ‘I will go forth and breathe the air a while.’;

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Whilenoun

That which requires time; labor; pains.

‘Satan . . . cast him how he might quite her while.’; ‘And so on us at whiles it falls, to claimPowers that we dread.’;

Whileverb

To cause to pass away pleasantly or without irksomeness or disgust; to spend or pass; - usually followed by away.

‘The lovely lady whiled the hours away.’;

Whileverb

To loiter.

Whileconjunction

During the time that; as long as; whilst; at the same time that; as, while I write, you sleep.

‘Use your memory; you will sensibly experience a gradual improvement, while you take care not to overload it.’;

Whileconjunction

Hence, under which circumstances; in which case; though; whereas.

Whilepreposition

Until; till.

‘I may be conveyed into your chamber;I'll lie under your bed while midnight.’;

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Whilenoun

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

While is a word in the English language that functions both as a noun and as a subordinating conjunction. Its meaning varies largely based on its intended function, position in the phrase and even the writer or speaker's regional dialect.

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