a long while ago

  • 1 while — n., conj., v., & adv. n. 1 a space of time, time spent in some action (a long while ago; waited a while; all this while). 2 (prec. by the) a during some other process. b poet. during the time that. 3 (prec. by a) for some time (have not seen you… …

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  • 2 while — [[t](h)waɪl, waɪl[/t]] n. conj. prep. v. whiled, whil•ing 1) an interval of time: a long while ago[/ex] 2) fun during or in the time that: He ate ice cream while he waited[/ex] 3) fun throughout the time that; as long as 4) fun even though;… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 3 ago — a|go W1S1 [əˈgəu US əˈgou] adv [Date: 1400 1500; Origin: From the past participle of ago to pass away (11 17 centuries), from Old English agan, from gan to go ] used to show how far back in the past something happened 5 minutes/an hour/20 years… …

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  • 4 ago — adjective used to show how far back in the past something happened: 5 minutes/an hour/20 years ago: Michael left the office about half an hour ago. | long ago/a long time ago: I met Aunt Hetty once, a very long time ago. | a minute/moment ago: I… …

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  • 5 long — long1 W1S1 [lɔŋ US lo:ŋ] adj comparative longer superlative longest ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(great length)¦ 2¦(great distance)¦ 3¦(large amount of time)¦ 4¦(particular length/distance/time)¦ 5¦(writing)¦ 6¦(clothing)¦ 7¦(tiring/boring)¦ …

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  • 7 long — I UK [lɒŋ] / US [lɔŋ] adjective Word forms long : adjective long comparative longer superlative longest *** 1) lasting for a large amount of time It s a long time since I saw Rachel. There was a long pause before he spoke. Many people face a long …

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  • 8 while — while1 [ waıl, hwaıl ] conjunction *** 1. ) at a moment during the time that something is happening: Someone called while you were out. While in Australia, she met and married Bert. She had sprained her ankle while playing tennis. 2. ) at the… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 9 long — I [[t]lɒ̱ŋgɪst, AM lɔ͟ːŋgɪst[/t]] TIME ♦ longest 1) ADV GRADED: ADV with v, oft ADV adv/prep Long means a great amount of time or for a great amount of time. Repairs to the cable did not take too long... Have you known her parents long?... I… …

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  • 10 while — I UK [waɪl] / US / US [hwaɪl] conjunction *** 1) at a moment during the time that something is happening Someone called while you were out. While in Australia, she met and married Bert. She had sprained her ankle while playing tennis. 2) at the… …

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  • 11 while — /hwuyl, wuyl/, n., conj., prep., v., whiled, whiling. n. 1. a period or interval of time: to wait a long while; He arrived a short while ago. 2. Archaic. a particular time or occasion. 3. all the while, at or during this time; all along: She… …

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  • 12 while — /waɪl / (say wuyl) noun 1. a space of time: a long while; a while ago. –conjunction Also, whilst. 2. during or in the time that. 3. throughout the time that, or as long as. 4. at the same time that (implying opposition or contrast): while she… …

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  • 13 while — I [[t](h)waɪl[/t]] CONJUNCTION USES ♦ (Usually pronounced [[t](h)wa͟ɪl[/t]] for meaning 4. The form whilst is also used in formal or literary English, especially British English.) 1) CONJ SUBORD If something happens while something else is… …

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  • 14 long — Synonyms and related words: a mile long, ache, ache for, ache to, aeon, age, ages, aim, and night, aspire, be dying for, be dying to, be hurting for, big, blue moon, bull, bull account, burn to, century, choose to, clamor for, colossal, covet,… …

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  • 15 ago —   Mamua aku nei, wā i hala.    ♦ A while ago, aku nei.    ♦ A long time ago, kala loa, kala wale, kala kahiko, hala kahiko, kala kua, a ole i kala, e oe i kala, līloa, iō kikilo.   A few days ago, kēia mau lā aku nei …

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  • 17 Long Island Sound — is an estuary of the Atlantic Ocean and various rivers in the United States that lies between the coast of Connecticut to the north and Long Island, New York to the south. The mouth of the Connecticut River at Old Saybrook, Connecticut empties… …

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  • 18 Long Hunter State Park — is a state park in Davidson County and Rutherford County, Tennessee, located in the southeastern United States. The park is mostly situated along the eastern shores of Percy Priest Lake, an artificial lake created by an impoundment of the Stones… …

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  • 19 Long Mynd — The Long Mynd in Shropshire, England, is a part of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is convert|10|mi|km south of the county town Shrewsbury, and has an area of over 22 square kilometres (8.5 sq mi). The name Long Mynd… …

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  • 20 Long Island (Massachusetts) — This article is about the island Long Island, Boston. For other islands called Long Island, see Long Island (disambiguation). Long Island is situated in Quincy Bay, in the middle of Boston Harbor, Massachusetts. The island forms part of the City… …

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