Definition of meantime noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈmiːntaɪm//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmiːntaɪm//
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Word OriginMiddle English (as a noun): from mean(noun) + time.Idioms
for the meantime
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(British English) for a short period of time but not permanently I'm changing my email address but for the meantime you can use the old one.
in the meantime
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in the period of time between two times or two events synonym meanwhile My first novel was rejected by six publishers. In the meantime I had written a play. The next programme starts in five minutes; in the meantime, here’s some music.
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