[uh-hwahyl, uh-wahyl]
for a short time or period: Stay awhile.

before 1000; Middle English; Old English āne hwīle (dative); see a1, while

The adverb awhile is spelled as a single word: After stopping in Hadley awhile, we drove to Deerfield. As the object of a preposition, the noun phrase a while is used, especially in edited writing, but the single-word form is becoming increasingly common: We rested for a while (or awhile). Unabridged
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awhile (əˈwaɪl)
for a brief period

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Word Origin & History

O.E. ane hwile "(for) a while," usually written as one word since 13c.
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Example sentences
He let the water run awhile before carefully filling four sterilized bottles.
Awhile back, some of us were comparing our commuting distances on one of these
Yes it will take awhile for the uprising to send someone to talk with officials.
Everyone should get a chance to live there for awhile.
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