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[meen-hwahyl, -wahyl] /ˈminˌʰwaɪl, -ˌwaɪl/

in the intervening time; during the interval.
at the same time:
Meanwhile, the others were back home enjoying themselves.
during the intervening time or period
at the same time, esp in another place
another word for meantime

also mean while, mid-14c., from mean (adj.2) “middle, intermediate” + while (n.). Late 14c. as an adverb.


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