# while

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

## Preposition

 Prepositionwhile
1. If ${\displaystyle x}$  happens while ${\displaystyle y}$  happens, they happen at the same time.
He fell asleep while sitting at his desk.

## Noun

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

## Verb

 Plain formwhile Third-person singularwhiles Past tensewhiled Past participlewhiled Present participlewhiling
1. To pass time.
On Sundays, I like to while away the time by reading.