Alternative formsEdit


From Old Portuguese enquanto, from en (in) + quanto (how much). Compare Spanish en cuanto.




  1. as; while (at the same time as)
    Enquanto vocês assistiam o filme, eu estudei.
    While you were watching the film, I was studying.
    Fique aqui dentro enquanto chove.
    Stay inside while it rains.
    • 2003, J. K. Rowling, Lya Wyler, Harry Potter e a Ordem da Fênix, Rocco, page 246:
      Então continuaram a estudar enquanto o céu lá fora se tornava gradualmente mais escuro.
      Then they continued to study while the sky outside was becoming gradually darker.
  2. while; whereas (introduces a situation that is contrasts with another situation)
    Enquanto eles são violentos e perigosos, nós somos pacíficos e amigáveis.
    While they are violent and dangerous, we are peaceful and friendly.
    Vocês querem vadiar enquanto nós queremos trabalhar.
    You want to idle while we want to work.

Derived termsEdit



  1. (formal) as a (in the role of; being)
    Qual é a sua opinião enquanto professor?
    What is your opinion as a teacher?
    Synonym: como

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