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While (adverb)

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While.
Whiles.
Whilst.
adv. [Hwile, Saxon. Whiles is now out of use.]
  1. During the time that.

            Whiles I was protector,
    Pity was all the fault that was in me.
    Shakes. Henry VI.

    What we have, we prize not to the worth,
    Whiles we enjoy it; but being lackt and lost,
    Why, then we rack the value.
    Shakespeare.

    Repeated, while the sedentary earth
    Attains her end.
    Milton.

  2. As long as.

    Use your memory, and you will sensibly experience a gradual improvement, while you take care not to over-load it. Watt's Logick.

  3. At the same time that.

    Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God, for your professed subjection unto the Gospel. 2 Cor. ix.

    Can he imagine that God sends forth an irresistible strength against some sins, whilst in others he permits men a power of repelling his grace? Decay of Piety.

Sources: The Bible - 2. Corinthians (10) · Allestree, Richard (89) · Shakespeare's Henry VI, Part 2 (49) · Milton, John (449) · Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing (23) · Watts, Isaac (117)

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