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  1. meanwhile.

Origin of meantime

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at mean3, time Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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

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

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