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meantime

noun mean·time \ ˈmēn-ˌtīm \

Definition of meantime

:the time before something happens or before a specified period ends
  • The new computers won't arrive until next week, but we can continue to use the old ones in the meantime.

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First Known Use of meantime

14th century


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meantime

adverb

Definition of meantime

:2meanwhile
  • meantime he had been attentive to his other interests
  • —H. R. Warfel

Examples of meantime in a Sentence

  1. He can come back to work when he's feeling better. Meantime, he should be resting as much as possible.

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First Known Use of meantime

circa 1593


mean time

noun

Definition of mean time

:time that is based on the motion of the mean sun called also mean solar time

First Known Use of mean time

1751



MEANTIME Defined for Kids

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meantime

noun mean·time \ ˈmēn-ˌtīm \

Definition of meantime for Students

1 :the time between events or points of time
  • You can play again but in the meantime rest.
2 :a time during which more than one thing is being done
  • He napped, and in the meantime I worked.

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meantime

adverb

Definition of meantime for Students

:in the time between events or points of time or during which more than one thing is being done
  • She worked and meantime raised a family.


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