Meaning of “meantime” in the English Dictionary

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"meantime" in British English

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meantimenoun

uk /ˈmiːn.taɪm/ us /ˈmiːn.taɪm/
in the meantime

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  • In the meantime, the shares will continue to trade on the open market.
  • Your teacher will be here soon. In the meantime, can you get on with some reading, please?
  • The school will have to be rebuilt. In the meantime, teachers are using portable classrooms.
  • The gas supply will be restored, but in the meantime, we are preparing cold meals.

B2 until something expected happens, or while something else is happening:

Your computer won't arrive till Thursday. In the meantime, you can use Jude's.

(Definition of “meantime” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"meantime" in American English

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meantimenoun [ U ]

us /ˈminˌtɑɪm/

the time while something else is happening:

Rick wants to be an actor, but in the meantime he’s working as a waiter.

(Definition of “meantime” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)