meanwhile

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

noun

adverb

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

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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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