meantime

[meen-tahym]
noun
1.
the intervening time: The party is Tuesday, but in the meantime I have to shop and prepare the food.
adverb

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English; see mean3, time

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meantime (ˈmiːnˌtaɪm)
 
n
1.  the intervening time or period, as between events (esp in the phrase in the meantime)
 
adv
2.  another word for meanwhile

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meantime
mid-14c., from mean "middle, intermediate" + time.
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Example sentences
In the meantime, they were searching for a suitable place for him to live.
In the meantime, please feel free to ask a question now.
In the meantime, the pandas' popularity should give a much-needed boost to the
  fortunes of their wild cousins.
In the meantime, consumers have to visit multiple websites to see all available
  fares.
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