at the same time

adverb
1. at the same instant (Freq. 23)
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they spoke simultaneously

Syn: ↑simultaneously
Derived from adjective: ↑simultaneous (for: ↑simultaneously)
2. overlapping in duration (Freq. 8)
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concurrently with the conference an exhibition of things associated with Rutherford was held

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going to school and holding a job at the same time

Syn: ↑concurrently
Derived from adjective: ↑concurrent (for: ↑concurrently)

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I
1) simultaneously

it's a very creative place, but at the same time it's very relaxing

II
2) nevertheless (used to introduce a fact that should be taken into account)

I can't really explain it, but at the same time I'm not convinced

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at the same time — see time, 1
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Main Entry:same
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at the same time
1 : during the same moment

She was driving, eating, and talking on the phone all at the same time.

She tries to appear to be both glamorous and modest at the same time.

As a parent, he is at one and the same time strict and loving. [=he is both strict and loving]

2
— used to introduce a statement that adds to and differs from a preceding statement

The new regulations will help the environment. At the same time [=on the other hand], they may be a burden to businesses.

She wants more respect, but at the same time she does nothing to earn it. = She wants more respect, while at the same time doing nothing to earn it.

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Main Entry:time

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at the same ˈtime idiom

She was laughing and crying at the same time.

2. used to introduce a contrasting fact, etc. that must be considered

You have to be firm, but at the same time you should try and be sympathetic.

Main entry:timeidiom

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