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conjunction while pronunciation in British English /waɪl/
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  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.

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  2. 2
    at the same time that something is happening

    While in prison he shared a cell with Ron Spicer.

    Could you look after the children while I cook lunch?

  3. 3
    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 grows richer, while the north grows poorer.

  4. 4
    formal used for saying that although you accept that something is true, there are also doubts or facts that you cannot ignore

    While I agree with you, I do not believe that your way is best.

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  5. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    until; used in Northern English English

    I can stay while 6.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 11/06/2014

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in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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