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while /waɪl/ conj
Also: whilst /waɪlst/
  1. (subordinating) at the same time that: please light the fire while I'm cooking
  2. (subordinating) all the time that: I stay inside while it's raining
  3. (subordinating) in spite of the fact that: while I agree about his brilliance I still think he's rude
  4. (coordinating) whereas; and in contrast: flats are expensive, while houses are cheap
  5. (subordinating; used with a gerund) during the activity of: while walking I often whistle
prep , conj
  1. Scot Northern English dialect
    another word for until: you'll have to wait while Monday for these sheets, you'll never make any progress while you listen to me
  1. (usually used in adverbial phrases) a period or interval of time: once in a long while
  2. trouble or time (esp in the phrase worth one's while): it's hardly worth your while to begin work today
  3. the whileat that time: he was working the while

See also whilesEtymology: Old English hwīl; related to Old High German hwīla (German Weile), Gothic hveila, Latin quiēs peace, tranquīlus tranquil
It was formerly considered incorrect to use while to mean in spite of the fact that or whereas, but these uses have now become acceptable

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