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meanwhile

[ meen-hwahyl, -wahyl ]
/ ˈminˌʰwaɪl, -ˌwaɪl /
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noun

meantime.

adverb

in the intervening time; during the interval.
at the same time: Meanwhile, the others were back home enjoying themselves.

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RELATED WORDS

meantime, till, simultaneously, until, when, concurrently

Nearby words

meanspirited, meanspiritedly, meant, meantime, meantone system, meanwhile, meany, meany, george, mear, mearns, meas.

Origin of meanwhile

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at mean3, while
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British Dictionary definitions for meanwhile

meanwhile

/ (ˈmiːnˌwaɪl) /

adverb

during the intervening time or period
at the same time, esp in another place

noun

another word for meantime
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Word Origin and History for meanwhile

meanwhile


n.

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

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