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Awhile

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Awhi'le. adv. [This word, generally reputed an adverb, is only a while, that is, a time, an interval.] Some time; some space of time.

                    Stay, stay, I say;
And if you love me, as you say you do,
Let me persuade you to forbear awhile.
Shakesp. Henry VI.

Into this wild abyss the wary fiend
Stood on the brink of hell, and look'd awhile,
Pond'ring his voyage.
Milt. Paradise Lost, b. ii. l. 918.

Sources: Shakespeare's Henry VI, Part 1 (48) · Milton, John (449)

Attributes: Adverb (147)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Awhile." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: May 20, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=15112.


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