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meanwhile

[meen-hwahyl, -wahyl] /ˈminˌʰwaɪl, -ˌwaɪl/
noun
1.
adverb
2.
in the intervening time; during the interval.
3.
at the same time:
Meanwhile, the others were back home enjoying themselves.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English; see mean3, while
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British Dictionary definitions for meanwhile

meanwhile

/ˈmiːnˌwaɪl/
adverb
1.
during the intervening time or period
2.
at the same time, esp in another place
noun
3.
another word for meantime
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Word Origin and History for meanwhile
n.

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

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