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Definition of meanwhile adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(informal meantime) while something else is happening Bob spent fifteen months alone on his yacht. Ann, meanwhile, took care of the children by herself.
  2. 2(informal meantime) in the period of time between two times or two events The doctor will see you again next week. Meanwhile, you must rest as much as possible.
  3. 3used to compare two aspects of a situation Stress can be extremely damaging to your health. Exercise, meanwhile, can reduce its effects.