Definition of meanwhile in US English:



also in the meanwhile
  • 1In the intervening period of time.

    ‘Julie has meanwhile found herself another dancing partner’
    • ‘President Eisenhower was furious and the Soviets, meanwhile, threatened to intervene on behalf of Egypt.’
    • ‘Aimée, in the meanwhile, sat talking with the mother, questioning her with her accented English and trying to get the victim's profile.’
    • ‘And in the meanwhile we are a little bit concerned with the slightly limited opportunities in terms of CPU overclocking.’
    • ‘Tash, in the meanwhile, remained in the car, smiling at his reaction.’
    • ‘Were you hoping that I would disappear in the meanwhile?’
    • ‘However, no one said what I should or shouldn't do in the meanwhile!’
    • ‘Here we are, talking about peace and brotherhood and all that and in the meanwhile, we're creating secret weapons!’
    • ‘A proximity alert started to go off in the meanwhile - two Crab fighters were trailing him.’
    • ‘But in the meanwhile, something new looms on our horizon.’
    • ‘Brett, in the meanwhile, had turned his attentions to his wife and had managed to convince her to at least taste the cake.’
    • ‘Rumors of Marie's past had spread throughout Virginia City in the meanwhile, and Joe found himself compelled to defend his mother's good name.’
    • ‘April, in the meanwhile, was flirting with a few other models, but her eyes were glued to Nicholas.’
    • ‘Jaysen in the meanwhile found a black ‘Made’ shirt and decided to buy it.’
    • ‘And in the meanwhile, they managed to reach the 2.6GHz frequency.’
    • ‘There was nothing of importance that happened in the meanwhile that was worth mentioning.’
    • ‘The teacher, in the meanwhile, was in the equipment room looking for his whistle.’
    • ‘Chantelle in the meanwhile was in awe of how much fun she was having and how far Justin could carry her at this pace.’
    • ‘This isn't actually scheduled to go to trial until February 14 next year, but in the meanwhile Intergraph seems to be getting the best of the skirmishing.’
    • ‘Lorne meanwhile has left to move to somewhere else to help another friend with his nightclub.’
    • ‘In fact, we will return to some details of the Data Prefetch mechanism later in this article, and in the meanwhile this is exactly what you need to know about it.’
    for now, for the moment, for the present, for the time being, meantime, in the meantime, in the intervening period, in the interim, in the interval, in the meanwhile, the while, temporarily
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    1. 1.1 At the same time.
      ‘steam for another five minutes; meanwhile, make a white sauce’
      • ‘I glared with horror at Lucien for his crude statement, all in the meanwhile backing away from the two of them in an embarrassing attempt to hide my appalling state.’
      at the same time, simultaneously, concurrently, meantime, the while
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Late Middle English: from mean + while.