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adverb meanwhile pronunciation in American English /ˈminˌwaɪl/meanwhile pronunciation in American English /ˈminˌhwaɪl/
  1. 1
    from now until a time or event in the future
    The hurricane will reach the island this evening. Meanwhile, residents are being evacuated.
  2. 2
    at the same time
    He accepted money from investors and was meanwhile spending it on luxury cruises.
  3. 3
    used for emphasizing the difference between two situations
    You throw food away, and meanwhile children are starving all over the world.


a meal served in the evening which consists of foods traditionally eaten at breakfast

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