According vs While - What's the difference?

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As verbs the difference between according and while

is that according is while while is to pass (time) idly.

As an adjective according

is agreeing; in agreement or harmony; harmonious.

As an adverb according

is (obsolete) accordingly; correspondingly.

As a noun while is

an uncertain duration of time, a period of time.

As a conjunction while is

during the same time that.




  • Mind and soul according well. -


    (en adjective)
  • Agreeing; in agreement or harmony; harmonious.
  • This according voice of national wisdom.


    (en adverb)
  • (obsolete) Accordingly; correspondingly.
  • * 1604 , (William Shakespeare), Measure for Measure , V.i:
  • That apprehends no further than this world, / And squarest thy life according .
  • Consistently (as); in a corresponding manner (now generally expressing accordance with two or more alternatives).
  • * 1946 , (Bertrand Russell), History of Western Philosophy , I.20:
  • Ethical theories may be divided into two classes, according as they regard virtue as an end or a means.
  • In accordance, in a manner consistent (to) (something).
  • * 1897 , Henry James, What Maisie Knew :
  • there was only a frightening silence, unenlivened even by the invidious enquiries of former years, which culminated, according to its stern nature, in a still more frightening old woman, a figure awaiting her on the very doorstep.

    Derived terms

    * according to * according as






    (en noun)
  • An uncertain duration of time, a period of time.
  • He lectured for quite a long while .


    (wikipedia while) (English Conjunctions)
  • During the same time that.
  • * , chapter=12
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=While the powwow was going on the big woman came back again. She was consider'ble rumpled and scratched up, but there was fire in her eye.}}
  • * 1948 , , North from Mexico / The Spanish-Speaking People of The United States , J. B. Lippincott Company, page 25,
  • While De Anza was exploring the Bay of San Francisco, seeking a site for the presidio, the American colonists on the eastern seaboard, three thousand miles away, were celebrating the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-07, author=David Simpson
  • , volume=188, issue=26, page=36, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Fantasy of navigation , passage=Like most human activities, ballooning has sponsored heroes and hucksters and a good deal in between. For every dedicated scientist patiently recording atmospheric pressure and wind speed while shivering at high altitudes, there is a carnival barker with a bevy of pretty girls willing to dangle from a basket or parachute down to earth.}}
  • Although.
  • * 2013 September 28, (Kenan Malik), " London Is Special, but Not That Special," New York Times (retrieved 28 September 2013):
  • While Britain’s recession has been deep and unforgiving, in London it has been relatively shallow.
  • (Northern England, Scotland) Until.
  • * Beaumont and Fletcher
  • I may be conveyed into your chamber; I'll lie under your bed while midnight.
  • As long as.
  • * I. Watts
  • Use your memory; you will sensibly experience a gradual improvement, while you take care not to overload it.


  • To pass (time) idly.
  • * Longfellow
  • The lovely lady whiled the hours away.
  • To loiter.
  • (Spectator)

    Derived terms

    * while away * meanwhile * the while