Definition of meantime in English:



also in the meantime
  • Meanwhile.

    ‘in the meantime I'll make some enquiries of my own’
    ‘Scotland, meantime, had her own monarchs’
    • ‘Mr Cohen would, of course, regain possession of the name in the meantime.’
    • ‘In the meantime, he has suggested that the repair work may be started.’
    • ‘It's not the best way to enjoy it, but we got a lot of exercise in the meantime.’
    • ‘In the meantime, he managed to pioneer what is now known as cultural studies.’
    • ‘In any event, the mortgage interest relief regime might change in the meantime.’
    • ‘In the meantime, we can enjoy this story, which is a nice little bit of light reading.’
    • ‘That was a couple of weeks ago, and in the meantime I've been working through my application needs.’
    • ‘In the meantime, Cathy finds solace with her gardener, a widower with a young daughter.’
    • ‘He probably won't be here until after work, John pointed out, so I'm gonna take a nap in the meantime.’
    • ‘So in the meantime those lessons on safe use of mobiles could be a wise move.’
    • ‘He hoped to someday become a detective, but in the meantime was looking forward to the action of being a cop.’
    • ‘You have to rip off your costume and hope that you don't get spotted in the meantime.’
    • ‘I have made an appointment with him, but in the meantime, you and I are going lobbying.’
    • ‘We hope to add a real guard dog to the farm soon, but in the meantime they seem to be doing the trick.’
    • ‘Irish companies wishing to dispose of old equipment in the meantime have limited options.’
    • ‘It is not clear whether the pension fund has reduced this holding in the meantime.’
    • ‘I'll update you with more info in due course, but in the meantime, take a look at the press release.’
    • ‘Neverthless, that doesn't mean we should sit on our hands in the meantime.’
    • ‘In the meantime we haven't seen one camp leap substantially ahead of the other.’
    • ‘Arnold, in the meantime, is playing the same role he always does but actually seems to be enjoying himself for once.’
    for now, for the moment, for the present, for the time being, in the meantime, in the intervening period, in the interim, in the interval, meanwhile, in the meanwhile, the while, temporarily
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Middle English (as a noun): from mean + time.