a period of time, especially a short one.
Using while: Examples
Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "while" can be used in various situations through the following examples!
I'll be back in a while.
We talked for a while before leaving.
He waited for a while but nobody came.
It's been a while since we last saw each other.
while Synonyms and Antonyms
Idioms Using while
He knew all the while that he was making a mistake.
I like to have ice cream once in a while.
She was smiling the while she spoke.
Phrases with while
I'll call you back in a while.
I lived in Paris for a while.
sufficiently valuable or important to be worth one's time, effort, or interest
The trip was definitely worthwhile.
Origins of while
from Old English 'hwīl'
Summary: while in Brief
'While' [waɪl] refers to a period of time, often brief, as in 'I'll be back in a while.' It can also denote a longer duration, as in 'It's been a while since we last saw each other.' The phrase 'in a while' means after a period of time has passed, while 'for a while' means for a period of time. 'Worthwhile' means sufficiently valuable or important to be worth one's time, effort, or interest.