One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Simultaneously; at once.‘answer the telephone promptly and try to pick up a pencil and notepad at the same time’
simultaneously, at once, at one and the same time, at the same instant, at the same moment, concurrently, concomitantlysimultaneously, at the same instant, at the same moment, together, all together, as a group, at once, at one and the same time, at one time, concurrently, concomitantly, alongside each other, in unison, in concert, in chorusView synonyms
- ‘Study at the same time every day.’
- ‘However, I can't seem to debug both Flex and Java at the same time. It's either one or the other.’
2Nevertheless (used to introduce a fact that should be taken into account)‘I can't really explain it, but at the same time I'm not convinced’
nevertheless, nonetheless, even so, however, but, still, yet, though, be that as it may, for all that, in spite of everything, in spite of that, despite everything, despite that, after everything, having said that, just the same, all the same, in any event, come what may, at any rate, notwithstanding, regardless, anyway, anyhowView synonyms
- ‘But at the same time, I have to say sorry again because I cannot help hurting your feelings.’
- ‘I will follow this traditional method of teaching, yet at the same time I have developed a new thrust in using it.’
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