meantime

[[t]mi͟ːntaɪm[/t]]
1) PHR with cl In the meantime or meantime means in the period of time between two events.

Eventually your child will leave home to lead her own life as a fully independent adult, but in the meantime she relies on your support...

It now hopes to hold elections in February. Meantime, the state will continue to be run from Delhi.

Syn:
2) PHR with cl For the meantime means for a period of time from now until something else happens.

The Prime Minister has, for the meantime, seen off the challenge of the opposition...

For the meantime, the opinion polls have to be taken on trust.

Syn:
for the moment

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