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meantime

[meen-tahym] /ˈminˌtaɪm/
noun
1.
the intervening time:
The party is Tuesday, but in the meantime I have to shop and prepare the food.
adverb
2.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English; see mean3, time
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British Dictionary definitions for meantime

meantime

/ˈmiːnˌtaɪm/
noun
1.
the intervening time or period, as between events (esp in the phrase in the meantime)
adverb
2.
another word for meanwhile
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Word Origin and History for meantime
n.

also mean time, mid-14c., from mean (adj.2) "middle, intermediate" + time (n.). Late 14c. as an adverb.

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