while - definition and synonyms

noun [singular] 

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  1. a period of time
    a while ago:

    Her mother died a while ago.

    for a while:

    We haven’t seen Barry for a while.

    quite a while (=a fairly long time):

    I’ve been waiting here quite a while.

    a short/little while:

    Couldn’t you stay just a little while longer?

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