meanwhile

Use the adverb meanwhile to mean "at the same time." For example, you might have a great evening at the bowling alley, but meanwhile, your parents are home wondering why you never showed up for dinner.

The word meanwhile is handy when you’re telling a story because sometimes it’s funny to realize what two things are happening at the same time. You might be frantically searching for your cat, meanwhile, he's lounging under your bed. Meanwhile can also refer to the time before something happens, as in "I have an interview in an hour, but meanwhile I'm going to take a nap." The word meanwhile is rooted in mean, with its meaning of "middle" or "intermediate."

Definitions of meanwhile
  1. adverb
    at the same time but in another place
    meanwhile, back at the ranch...”
  2. adverb
    during the intervening time
    meanwhile I will not think about the problem”
    synonyms: in the meantime, meantime
  3. noun
    the time between one event, process, or period and another
    meanwhile the socialists are running the government”
    synonyms: interim, lag, meantime
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    types:
    interregnum
    the time between two reigns, governments, etc.
    type of:
    interval, time interval
    a definite length of time marked off by two instants
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