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meanwhile

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noun mean·while \ ˈmēn-ˌhwī(-ə)l , -ˌwī(-ə)l \

Definition of meanwhile

:the time before something happens or before a specified period ends :meantime
  • in the meanwhile colleges and universities have become somewhere near one hundred times more complex
  • —Dennis O'Brien

Recent Examples of meanwhile from the Web

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First Known Use of meanwhile

14th century


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meanwhile

adverb

Definition of meanwhile

1 :during the intervening time
  • meanwhile, however, new projects are being undertaken this year
  • —Jonathan Eberhart
2 :at the same time
  • You can set the table, and meanwhile I'll start cooking dinner.

Examples of meanwhile in a Sentence

  1. You can set the table. Meanwhile, I'll start making dinner.

  2. She spent four years studying for her law degree. Meanwhile, she continued to work at the bank.

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

Recent Examples of meanwhile from the Web

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First Known Use of meanwhile

14th century



MEANWHILE Defined for English Language Learners

meanwhile

adverb

Definition of meanwhile for English Language Learners

  • : at or during the same time : in the meantime


MEANWHILE Defined for Kids

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meanwhile

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noun mean·while \ ˈmēn-ˌhwīl , -ˌwīl \

Definition of meanwhile for Students


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meanwhile

adverb

Definition of meanwhile for Students

2 :at the same time


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