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Related to awhile: a while ago
For a short time.
Usage Note: The adverb awhile and the noun phrase a while can lead to confusion because they sound the same and the noun phrase can function like an adverb. Noun phrases denoting time periods can often be used as adverbs, as one day in We'll move to Seattle one day. The same is true for a while. Thus Let's stop and rest a while is correct, since a while is here equivalent to "one day" in the previous phrase. Similarly, Let's stop and rest awhile is correct, where awhile functions as an adverb with a similar function to phrases like for an hour. · Care should be taken with prepositional phrases. Only a while can follow a preposition in a prepositional phrase, since only noun phrases can be the objects of prepositions. Thus I'll stay for a while is acceptable, but not I'll stay for awhile. (Note that if the preposition is dropped, both I'll stay a while and I'll stay awhile are acceptable, since the noun phrase a while can be used adverbially.)
for a brief period
for a short time or period: Stay awhile.
usage: The adverb awhile is always spelled as one word: We rested awhile. The noun phrase a while is used, esp. in edited writing, when a preposition is expressed: We rested for a while. The one-word form, however, is appearing more frequently after a preposition: We rested for awhile.
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|Adv.||1.||awhile - for a short time; "sit down and stay awhile"; "they settled awhile in Virginia before moving West"; "the baby was quiet for a while"|
egy kis ideig
uz īsu brīdi
birazkısa bir süre için
awhile[əˈwaɪl] adv → (per) un po'
for a short time. Wait awhile. 'n rukkie لِفَتْرَة قَصيرَه за малко um pouco chvilku eine Weile lidt για λίγο un momento natuke aega چند لحظه؛ مدتی hetken aikaa un moment לִזְמָן מָה कुछ देर के लिये časak egy (kis) ideig sebentar stundarkorn per un po' しばらく 잠깐 truputį uz īsu brīdi sebentar evenen stund, littchwilę څو شیبی ، څه وخت um pouco un moment ненадолго na chvíľku hipec malo en stund ชั่วครู่ kısa bir süre için, biraz 片刻 (на) деякий час, недовго ایک لمحے کے لئے một lúc 片刻
adv. por un rato, por algún tiempo;
to wait ___ → esperar un poco