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conjunction while pronunciation in American English /waɪl/ while pronunciation in American English /hwaɪl/
  1. 1
    at a moment during the time that something is happening

    Someone called while you were out.

    While in Australia, she met and married Bert.

    She had sprained her ankle while playing tennis.

  2. 2
    at the same time that something is happening

    While in prison he shared a cell with Ron Spicer.

    Could you take care of the children while I cook lunch?

  3. 4
    used when comparing things, situations, or people and showing how they are different

    While most children learn to read easily, some need extra help.

    The south of the country continues to grow richer, while the north grows poorer.

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