Meaning of “meanwhile” in the English Dictionary

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"meanwhile" in British English

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meanwhileadverb

uk /ˈmiːn.waɪl/ us /ˈmiːn.waɪl/

B1 until something expected happens, or while something else is happening:

Carl's starting college in September. Meanwhile, he's travelling around Europe.

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  • We'll buy you some shorts at the weekend, but meanwhile you'll just have to wear your long trousers.
  • The boys are still getting the mats out so, meanwhile, let's do some warm-up exercises.
  • "The pizza will be ready in 10 minutes, Mum." "Great - meanwhile, let's set the table."
  • They've arranged to have another meeting in two weeks, and meanwhile the problem is getting worse and worse!
  • The computers should be working again soon. Meanwhile, could everyone get on with some paperwork or something?

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

"meanwhile" in American English

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meanwhileadverb [ not gradable ]

us /ˈminˌwɑɪl, -ˌhwɑɪl/

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

It’s going to take several days for my car to be repaired – meanwhile I’m renting one.

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