Words nearby meanwhile
What does meanwhile mean?
Meanwhile means 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.
It 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.
Both of these senses of meanwhile are adverbs. As an adverb, meanwhile is often used at the beginning of a sentence to connect the statement that follows with something that was just mentioned.
The word meantime can also be used as an adverb in the same ways that meanwhile is, but meanwhile is much more commonly as an adverb.
Meanwhile can also be used as a noun meaning the period of time between two events, as in The power will come back on soon, so let’s just enjoy the quiet in the meanwhile. The word meantime is much more commonly used in this way.
Example: Mix the batter; meanwhile, preheat the oven.
Where does meanwhile come from?
The first records of meanwhile come from the 1300s. The mean in meanwhile is the sense of the word that means “occupying a middle position or an intermediate place.” When used as a noun, while means “a period or interval of time.”
Meanwhile 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. For example, Meanwhile… might be used as a caption in a comic or graphic novel to show that something is happening at the same time as what was shown in the previous panel. This is often used for comedic effect.
The expression meanwhile, back at the ranch is used as a humorous transition from one topic or discussion to another. It’s a reference to TV Westerns returning to the main setting (the ranch) to show what’s happening there after having shown action elsewhere.
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How is meanwhile used in real life?
Meanwhile is a very common word that can be used in all kinds of contexts. It’s usually used at the beginning of a sentence.
We will publish something interesting this weekend.
Meanwhile, let's take a look at @_rykllan 's beautiful Falcon family low poly model closeups.
— EarthX (@EarthxGame) January 29, 2021
Ugo Humbert back in front. Point penalty for Nick Kyrgios for unsportsmanlike conduct after he was broken. Humbert takes the third set 6-3.
Halep, meanwhile, back at 5-5.
— George Bellshaw (@BellshawGeorge) February 10, 2021
Just got an e mail from a guy complaining about the terrible movies we’ve been showing , like “ The Invisible Man”- and how he and all his friends feel that way, and we’re losing viewers. Meanwhile, in the real world, our ratings nationally have never been higher.
— Svengoolie (@Svengoolie) February 16, 2021
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Is meanwhile used correctly in the following sentence?
My younger sister just got engaged—meanwhile, I can’t even get a date!
How to use meanwhile in a sentence
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The woman in question, meanwhile, has business of her own to take care of—she is reported to be shopping a memoir.
Meanwhile, the Anti-Defamation League issued a statement deploring the state GOP for its failure to censure Duke.
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Meanwhile, the Australian submarine has got up through the Narrows and has torpedoed a gunboat at Chunuk.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
None of them came; but meanwhile a very extraordinary thing happened, for the house itself began to go.Davy and The Goblin|Charles E. Carryl
Meanwhile, another form of imitation is developing, the fashioning of lasting semblances.Children's Ways|James Sully