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meanwhile Syllabification: mean·while
Pronunciation: /ˈmēnˌ(h)wīl/

Definition of meanwhile in English:


(also in the meanwhile)
1In the intervening period of time: Julie has meanwhile found herself another dancing partner
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  • President Eisenhower was furious and the Soviets, meanwhile, threatened to intervene on behalf of Egypt.
  • And in the meanwhile, they managed to reach the 2.6GHz frequency.
  • But in the meanwhile, something new looms on our horizon.
for now, for the moment, for the present, for the time being, meantime, in the meantime, in the interim, in the interval
1.1At the same time: steam for another five minutes; meanwhile, make a white sauce
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  • I glared with horror at Lucien for his crude statement, all in the meanwhile backing away from the two of them in an embarrassing attempt to hide my appalling state.
at the same time, simultaneously, concurrently


Late Middle English: from mean3 + while.

Words that rhyme with meanwhile

turnstile • servile

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