Definition of meantime in English:



also in the meantime
  • Meanwhile.

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


Middle English (as a noun): from mean + time.