Definition of while verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

while

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//waɪl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//waɪl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they while
BrE BrE//waɪl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//waɪl//
 
he / she / it whiles
BrE BrE//waɪlz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//waɪlz//
 
past simple whiled
BrE BrE//waɪld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//waɪld//
 
past participle whiled
BrE BrE//waɪld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//waɪld//
 
-ing form whiling
BrE BrE//ˈwaɪlɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈwaɪlɪŋ//
 
 
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Word Origin Old English hwīl ‘period of time’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch wijl, German Weile; the conjunction is an abbreviation of Old English thā hwīle the ‘the while that’. Phrasal Verbswhile somethingaway
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