meantime

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From Middle English, as mean +‎ time. Adverb is by ellipsis from in the meantime.

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meantime (uncountable)

  1. The time spent waiting for another event; time in between.
    I'll get started tomorrow but, in the meantime, let's see if we can get a few more opinions.

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Adverb[edit]

meantime (comparative more meantime, superlative most meantime)

  1. during the interval; meanwhile

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Usually appears sentence-initially.

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