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meantime

[meen-tahym]
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noun
  1. the intervening time: The party is Tuesday, but in the meantime I have to shop and prepare the food.
adverb
  1. meanwhile.

Origin of meantime

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at mean3, time
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meantime

noun
  1. the intervening time or period, as between events (esp in the phrase in the meantime)
adverb
  1. another word for meanwhile
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Word Origin and History for meantime

n.

also mean time, mid-14c., from mean (adj.2) "middle, intermediate" + time (n.). Late 14c. as an adverb.

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