Share this entry
British English: /wʌɪl/
American English: /(h)waɪl/

Translation of while in Italian:


  • 1 (although) while the house is big, it is not in a very good state
    anche se la casa è grande non è certamente in buono stato
    the peaches, while being ripe, had little taste
    le pesche, sebbene mature, avevano poco gusto
  • 3 (during the time that) sit there while I speak to Brigitte
    siediti lì mentre parlo con Brigitte
    he made a sandwich while I phoned
    ha fatto un panino mentre telefonavo
    he met her while on holiday while in Spain I visited Madrid
    mentre ero in Spagna ho visitato Madrid
    he collapsed while mowing the lawn
    ha avuto un malore mentre tagliava il prato
  • 4 (at the same time as)I fell asleep while watching TV
    mi sono addormentato guardando la tele
    this eliminates draughts while allowing air to circulate
    questo elimina gli spifferi lasciando (al tempo stesso) circolare l'aria
    close the door while you're about o at it “MOT while you wait”
    “revisione rapida”
  • 5 (whereas) she likes pasta while I prefer vegetables
    a lei piace la pasta mentre io preferisco la verdura


  • a while ago o back [informal] a while later
    un momento dopo
    a good o long while ago for a good while a good while later a short o little while ago a short while later, after a short while
    poco tempo dopo
    it will be o take a while it takes a while to cook it may take a while
    potrebbe volerci un po' di tempo
    to wait a while longer
    aspettare ancora un po'
    to stop, rest for a while
    fermarsi, riposarsi un momento
    after a while he fell asleep
    dopo un po' si è addormentato
    after a while I started to trust him
    dopo un certo tempo ho iniziato a fidarmi di lui
    he worked, humming all the while o the whole while
    lavorava canticchiando tutto il tempo
    and all the while o the whole while, he was cheating on her
    e per tutto il tempo l'ha tradita con qualcun'altra
    once in a while in between whiles
    nel frattempo
    to be worth somebody's while

transitive verb

Phrasal verbs

while away:

while away [something]
far passare (hours, minutes) doing (by doing facendo)
to while away the time by playing cards
Definition of while in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources


    Next Score: