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

adv at the same time but in another place

meanwhile, back at the ranch...”

adv during the intervening time

meanwhile I will not think about the problem”
in the meantime, meantime

n the time between one event, process, or period and another

meanwhile the socialists are running the government”
interim, lag, meantime
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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