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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

Full Definition of temporary

  1. :  lasting for a limited time

tem·po·rar·i·ness noun

Examples of temporary

  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

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temporary

noun tem·po·rary

Definition of temporary

plural temporar·ies

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



1848

First Known Use of temporary

1848



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