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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishmeanwhilemean‧while /ˈmiːnwaɪl/ ●●● W2 adverb [sentence adverb]  1 TIME/AT THE SAME TIMEwhile something else is happening Cook the sauce over a medium heat until it thickens. Meanwhile start boiling the water for the pasta.see thesaurus at while2 BETWEEN (also in the meanwhile) in the period of time between two events The flight will be announced soon. Meanwhile, please remain seated. I knew I wouldn’t get my exam results for several weeks, and I wasn’t sure what to do in the meanwhile.3 TIME/AT THE SAME TIMEused to compare two things, especially if they are completely different and are happening at the same time The incomes of male professionals went up by almost 80%. Meanwhile, part-time women workers saw their earnings fall.
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meanwhileLeave the vegetables to simmer, and meanwhile bring a large pot of water to a boil.The United States administration meanwhile came under increasing congressional criticism for its failure to take a position on the situation in Zaïre.The robbers, meanwhile, decided to attack back.His reputation as a songwriter meanwhile grew rapidly.Raskin, meanwhile, insisted that Jobs was incapable of running a successful project.Fisher, meanwhile, is expected to be sentenced to one year in prison for his offenses.People keep complaining about the service at hospitals, and meanwhile more and more nurses are losing their jobs.Jim went to answer the phone. Meanwhile, Pete started to prepare lunch.Cromwell, meanwhile, picked up his hat and dusted it off.Payton, meanwhile, took a tumble to the floor and had Mark Bryant fall on him, bruising his back.Miss Honey, meanwhile, was making another decision.They're still working on our bedroom. Meanwhile, we're sleeping out back in tents.Three helicopters scanned the area; the soldiers meanwhile were looking into back gardens, dustbins, and under hedgerows.
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