Word of the Day: meanwhile

 
 
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Word of the Day
 
October 29, 2015
 
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meanwhile (adverb, noun) sound LISTEN icon
 
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Meanwhile as an adverb has two meanings: “during the time something else happens” and “at the same time.” As a noun, meanwhile means “the time something else happens.”
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Example sentences
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Susan went shopping on Saturday; meanwhile, her husband got a tattoo!
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We’re moving to California next month, so meanwhile we’ll be busy packing.
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The teacher will be gone for twenty minutes. In the meanwhile, please work on your essays.
 
 
Multi-words forms
 
"Meanwhile, back at the ranch" is a well-known phrase in US English. In the past it was used by narrators of American cowboy movies as a transition between scenes. Now it is mostly used ironically. Example: "My wife is on a business trip in Hawaii. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the kids are driving me crazy!" 
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Similar expressions
 
"In the meantime" is a synonym for meanwhile or "in the meanwhile."
 
Origin
 
Meanwhile first appeared in Middle English 1300–1350.
 
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