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conjunction while pronunciation in American English /waɪl/while pronunciation in American English /hwaɪl/
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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 take care of the children while I cook lunch?

  3. 3
    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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  4. 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.

  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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the activity of exploring abandoned buildings and other manmade structures

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