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Words nearby meantime
What does meantime mean?
Meantime means the period of time between two events—between the current time and the time when something else happens.
This sense of the word is especially used in the phrase in the meantime, as in The power will come back on soon, so let’s just enjoy the quiet in the meantime.
The word meanwhile can also be used as a noun to mean the same thing as meantime, but this is much less common.
Meanwhile is much more commonly used as an adverb meaning in or during the time between the current time and the time when something else happens, as in Our guests will arrive in about an hour—meanwhile, let’s get the food ready. Meanwhile can also mean at the same time, as in When I got to my apartment, I realized I had forgotten my key—meanwhile, everyone was already hiding inside for my surprise party.
Meantime can also be used as an adverb in both of these ways, but it is much more commonly used as a noun.
Example: Our guests won’t arrive for another several hours, so I’m going to take a nap in the meantime.
Where does meantime come from?
The first records of meantime come from the 1300s. The mean in meantime is the sense of the word that means “occupying a middle position or an intermediate place.”
Meantime is often used in discussions that involve things happening or being done while waiting for something else to happen. It’s also commonly used in descriptions of events happening at the same time.
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How is meantime used in real life?
Meantime is a very common word that can be used in all kinds of contexts. It’s especially used in the phrase in the meantime.
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My younger sister just got engaged—meantime, I can’t even get a date!
Example sentences from the Web for meantime
In the meantime, Gonzalez also said she was working on a financial analysis of what the bill would cost to implement but didn’t plan to pull the bill into the Assembly Appropriations Committee, which she chairs.Sacramento Report: Jones, COVID-19 and the Irony of Remote Voting|Sara Libby and Jesse Marx|August 28, 2020|Voice of San Diego
In the meantime, ViacomCBS has devised a way to track how often a given viewer is shown an ad across its two ad servers.
In the meantime, he is focusing on streaming and social media platforms like Twitch.
So, we said, “Look, for the meantime — and maybe for a while — the way to serve them will be fantasy sports.”The Economics of Sports Gambling (Ep. 388 Rebroadcast)|Stephen J. Dubner|August 20, 2020|Freakonomics
In the meantime, companies have to come up with other ways to track people around the web.
In the meantime, he should just accept that the holdup has nothing to do with his politics.Conservative Curt Says His Politics, Not His Pitching, Kept Him Out of the Hall of Fame|Ben Jacobs|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
In the meantime, Epstein has tried to use his charitable projects to float him back to the top.Sleazy Billionaire’s Double Life Featured Beach Parties With Stephen Hawking|M.L. Nestel|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
In the meantime, Democrats in the Senate need to find ways to take the right stands.The Democrats’ Black Hole—and What They Can Do About It|Michael Tomasky|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the meantime, Grimm faces no legal pressure to leave office.
In the meantime, most of the detailed studies are incomplete in one way or another.
In the meantime, the outlaw, having observed how much more cordially the tyrant is received than himself, has made his exit.Physiology of The Opera|John H. Swaby (AKA "Scrici")
Of course they would stop for the wedding; but meantime she must be very discreet; she must not intrude too much.Confidence|Henry James
Meantime was it possible that by fondling she wanted to get anything out of Black Sheep?Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II|Rudyard Kipling
When the engine gets on two lifts, I will write to you again, and in the meantime please to give me your thoughts on the engine.Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2)|Francis Trevithick
In the meantime her father went over to the west side, presumably to call on Mrs. Pruitt.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux