while is part of the Basic English 850.
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while is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
while

PronunciationEdit

PrepositionEdit

Preposition
while

  1. If   happens while   happens, they happen at the same time.
    He fell asleep while sitting at his desk.

NounEdit

Singular
while

Plural
none

  1. A while is a short time.
    After a while I will stop working and cook food for us.

VerbEdit

Plain form
while

Third-person singular
whiles

Past tense
whiled

Past participle
whiled

Present participle
whiling

  1. To pass time.
    On Sundays, I like to while away the time by reading.