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adjective tem·po·rary \ˈtem-pə-ˌrer-ē\

Simple Definition of temporary

  • : continuing for a limited amount of time : not permanent

  • : intended to be used for a limited amount of time

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of temporary

  1. :  lasting for a limited time

temporariness noun

Examples of temporary in a sentence

  1. The drug will give you temporary relief from the pain.

  2. The delay is only temporary.

  3. The settlers built temporary shelters.



Origin of temporary

Latin temporarius, from tempor-, tempus time


First Known Use: circa 1564

Rhymes with temporary

actuary, adversary, airy-fairy, ancillary, antiquary, apiary, arbitrary, aviary, axillary, bacillary, beriberi, bestiary, biliary, black raspberry, Bloody Mary, boysenberry, breviary, budgetary, calamari, calamary, candleberry, Canterbury, capillary, carpellary, cassowary, catenary, cautionary, cavitary, cemetery, centenary, certiorari, checkerberry, chinaberry, cometary, commentary, commissary, condottiere, coralberry, corollary, coronary, culinary, customary, dictionary, dietary, dignitary, dromedary, dysentery, elderberry, emissary, estuary, farkleberry, February, formulary, fragmentary, fritillary, functionary, funerary, honorary, huckleberry, intermarry, janissary, January, lamasery, lapidary, lectionary, legendary, legionary, lingonberry, literary, loganberry, luminary, mammillary, mandatary, maxillary, medullary, mercenary, miliary, military, millenary, milliary, millinery, missionary, momentary, monastery, mortuary, necessary, ordinary, ossuary, partridgeberry, pensionary, pigmentary, planetary, Pondicherry, prebendary, presbytery, pulmonary, quaternary, red mulberry, reliquary, rowanberry, salivary, salmonberry, salutary, sanctuary, sanguinary, sanitary, secondary, secretary, sedentary, seminary, silverberry, solitary, sour cherry, stationary, stationery, statuary, subcontrary, sublunary, sugarberry, sumptuary, syllabary, tertiary, thimbleberry, Tipperary, Tom and Jerry, topiary, tributary, tutelary, Typhoid Mary, unitary, urinary, vestiary, Virgin Mary, visionary, voluntary, vulnerary, Waterbury, whortleberry, winterberry


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temporary

noun tem·po·rary

Definition of temporary

plural temporaries

  1. :  one serving for a limited time <adding several temporaries as typists during the summer>



1848

First Known Use of temporary

1848


TEMPORARY Defined for Kids

temporary

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adjective tem·po·rary \ˈtem-pə-ˌrer-ē\

Definition of temporary for Students

  1. :  not permanent <We performed on a temporary stage.>

temporarily \ˌtem-pə-ˈrer-ə-lē\ adverb


Word Root of temporary

The Latin word tempus, meaning “time,”and its form temporis give us the roots temp and tempor. Words from the Latin tempus have something to do with time. Something temporary lasts only a short time. Someone or something contemporary lives or occurs at the same time as someone or something else. A tempo is the speed at which music is performed in time.



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