interim

noun
in·​ter·​im | \ ˈin-tə-rəm How to pronounce interim (audio) \

Definition of interim

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an intervening time : interval

interim

adjective

Definition of interim (Entry 2 of 2)

: done, made, appointed, or occurring for an interim

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Examples of interim in a Sentence

Noun

there was a brief interim in the proceedings while everyone got organized

Adjective

putting up some students in local motels is obviously just an interim solution to the college's housing shortage will serve as interim head of the police department until the investigation is completed
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In the interim, modeling’s leaders are seeking out ways to address the issue at hand. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "In Europe, the Model Age Debate Rages On," 12 Apr. 2019 In the interim, his Democratic challenger attended congressional orientation with her fingers crossed. Kyle Peterson, WSJ, "Lessons From a Republican Survivor," 4 Jan. 2019 In the interim, the FAA has decided to rely on joint company-agency efforts to begin exploring the most promising answers. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "FAA Launches Test Program to Speed Up Drone Identification Rules," 30 Dec. 2018 This was Behati's first time on the Victoria's Secret catwalk since 2015, giving birth two to daughters, Dusty Rose and Gio Grace, in the interim. Marie Claire, "Adam Levine Cheering for Behati Prinsloo Is the Best Moment of the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show," 9 Nov. 2018 In the interim, the Department of Transportation has issued a series of guidelines for autonomous driving systems. Verge Staff, The Verge, "What the new Congress means for space, self-driving cars, and regulating Facebook," 7 Nov. 2018 In the interim, however, the FCC under the leadership of Ajit Pai, whom President Trump appointed as chairman, rolled back the regulations, effectively mooting out the legal battle. Brent Kendall, WSJ, "Supreme Court Turns Away Challenges to Obama-Era Net Neutrality Rules," 5 Nov. 2018 The biggest competition in ice swimming is the World Championships, which will next be held in March 2019 in Murmansk, Russia, with other competitions scheduled in the interim. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "All About Ice Swimming, the Extreme Sport Where Athletes Compete in Sub-Freezing Water," 23 Aug. 2018 Surgery will happen in six days, with steroids to manage the brain swelling in the interim. Daphne Beal, Vogue, "After One Writer Finds Out She Has a Brain Tumor, She Confronts It Head On," 10 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Wade, meanwhile, was replaced for the regular season finale and the postseason on an interim basis by assistant Tony Benford. Brett Martel, The Seattle Times, "LSU, Wade set first meeting since coach’s suspension," 11 Apr. 2019 Adam Topkis, who held the position on an interim basis until Ms. Tejada was hired, has taken on a new role as head of conduct management, according to a company spokeswoman. Patrick Thomas, WSJ, "Wells Fargo Hires Strategic Enterprise Risk Chief," 4 Mar. 2019 Wade, who had been replaced by interim coach Tony Benford, is expected to appear at a federal trial April 22. Stephen Whyno, The Seattle Times, "Freshmen lead Michigan State past LSU and into Elite Eight," 30 Mar. 2019 Three years later, Sparano was named interim head coach of the Oakland Raiders after Dennis Allen was fired four games into the 2014 season. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Longtime NFL coach Tony Sparano dead at age 56," 22 July 2018 McAdoo was replaced by Pat Shurmur, who spent three seasons as the Eagles offensive coordinator under Chip Kelly and one game as interim head coach after Kelly was fired. Ej Smith, Philly.com, "Former Giants coach Ben McAdoo: Eagles 'will have a hard time handling success', G-men will win NFC East," 12 July 2018 Former Suns’ interim coach Jay Triano has no doubt Booker will embrace the responsibility that comes with the money and being the face of the franchise. azcentral, "Phoenix Suns NBA Summer League updates: Deandre Ayton, Josh Jackson headline roster," 6 July 2018 Everett Withers, Texas State Withers led North Carolina to a bowl game as the interim coach in 2011 and James Madison to a combined 18 wins from 2014-15, laying the foundation for the Dukes to win Football Championship Subdivision title in 2016. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Ten college football coaches on the hot seat entering this season," 6 July 2018 Johnsen succeeds interim coach Nick Roeglin, who stabilized the program after the abrupt dismissal of Mike Jossie. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kyle Johnsen makes tough choice, leaves Greenfield for Oak Creek," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of interim

Noun

circa 1580, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1604, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for interim

Noun

Latin, adverb, meanwhile, from inter between — more at inter-

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interim

noun

English Language Learners Definition of interim

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a period of time between events

interim

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of interim (Entry 2 of 2)

: used or accepted for a limited time : not permanent

interim

noun
in·​ter·​im | \ ˈin-tə-rəm How to pronounce interim (audio) \

Kids Definition of interim

: a period of time between events He studied during the interim between tests.

interim

noun
in·​ter·​im | \ ˈin-tə-rəm How to pronounce interim (audio) \

Legal Definition of interim

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an intervening time — see also ad interim

interim

adjective

Legal Definition of interim (Entry 2 of 2)

: done, made, appointed, or occurring for an interim an interim disposition

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