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Pronunciation: /hwaɪl; waɪl/

Translation of while in Spanish:


  • 1 (in time) mientras they like to sing while they work les gusta cantar mientras trabajan keys cut while you wait se hacen llaves al momento they don't drink while on duty no beben cuando or mientras están de guardia while I live, you need not worry about … mientras viva or mientras yo esté, no tendrás que preocuparte de …
  • 2 (though) aunque while he's not exactly brilliant, he's a good student aunque no es lo que se dice brillante, es buen estudiante the situation, while tense, seems unlikely to lead to war la situación aunque tensa, no es probable que lleve a una guerra one must encourage them, while not raising their hopes unrealistically hay que animarlos, pero sin crearles expectativas falsas
    Example sentences
    • In fact, while they are labeled as such, they are not really fantasy stories in the genre sense.
    • In fact, while the experiment was, of necessity, painful, it was far from worthless.
    • The fact remains that, while horses may not die of foot-and-mouth, they do carry the disease.
  • 3 (whereas) mientras que, en tanto que [formal] I'm Catholic, while Debbie is Jewish soy católico, mientras que or [formal] en tanto que Debbie es judía
    Example sentences
    • Danny Slatter has signed a one-year contract, while Russell Edwards has been released.
    • Some sought to contradict him, while others tried, unsuccessfully, to ignore his prying.
    • Spain is increasing the size of its fishing fleet while ours is contracting.


  • 1.1 (period of time) wait a while (a few days, weeks) espera un tiempo (a few minutes, hours) espera un rato (a very short period) espera un ratito or un momentito it's a while since we had any news hace tiempo que no tenemos noticias a little while later he was back al ratito or al poco rato estaba de vuelta it's been a good while since we had any rain hace bastante (tiempo) que no llueve he was here a little while ago hace un ratito estaba aquí it happened a long while ago pasó hace mucho (tiempo) it took us quite a while to find it tardamos bastante tiempo or un buen rato en encontrarlo after a while she realized después de or al cabo de un rato se dio cuenta she knew all the while that he was dead supo desde el principio que estaba muerto I've been waiting all this while hace tanto rato que estoy esperando they lived in Spain for a while vivieron un tiempo en España sit down for a while siéntate un rato or ratito I'm just going out for a little while voy a salir un ratito or momentito for a while there, you had me really worried me tuviste realmente preocupada un rato I'll be back in a little while enseguida vuelvo she'll be here in a short while llegará dentro de un ratito I haven't tasted caviar in a very long while hace mucho tiempo que no pruebo caviar it's the first time in a long while that she's missed a meeting es la primera vez en mucho tiempo que falta a una reunión 1.2 (in phrases/en locuciones) (every) once in a while de vez en cuando (all) the while [literary/literario] [archaic] he told us endless lies, smiling (all) the while nos dijo una mentira tras otra al tiempo que or mientras sonreía see also worth 1 2

Phrasal verbs

while away

verb + adverb + object, verb + object + adverb/verbo + adverbio + complemento, verbo + complemento + adverbio
we had a game of chess to while away the time jugamos una partida de ajedrez para pasar el rato or matar el tiempo she whiled away the hours by reading Anna Karenina se entretuvo or mató el tiempo leyendo Ana Karenina

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