interim

noun
in·​ter·​im | \ ˈin-tə-rəm \

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, 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 In workplaces where interims can be candidates, smart executives prepare these managers for a possible letdown. Steven P. Dinkin, sandiegouniontribune.com, "The passed-over interim and the outside hire," 10 June 2018 The interim should be able to start July 1 with their people in place. Donna St. George, Washington Post, "NAACP, union leaders call for Prince George’s school boss to leave by June 30," 10 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

In the Hong Kong case, the arbitrator has already passed down two interim decisions. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Federal court freezes Faraday Future CEO’s ownership stake, California mansions," 14 Dec. 2018 Both have been pitching interim plans to the Air Force that wouldn't require a long lead development cycle while helping to beef up the Air Force's air superiority capability much sooner. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Hybrid theory: Lockheed Martin, Boeing pitch upgraded F-22, F-15," 26 Nov. 2018 What would follow was a rapid rise through the ranks, from becoming Timely’s interim editor while still a teenager to contributing to its most popular titles. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Remembering Stan Lee, the Marvel Comics Legend, Dies at 95," 12 Nov. 2018 He was named interim commissioner in November 2013 after the resignation of Edward Davis and was appointed to the post permanently in 2014. Alanna Durkin Richer, The Seattle Times, "Veteran officer to be Boston’s 1st black police commissioner," 23 July 2018 Baltimore’s interim police commissioner, Gary Tuggle, added. Lauren Lumpkin, baltimoresun.com, "Woman who was driving car in which 7-year-old girl was shot is ordered held without bail," 9 July 2018 Kevin Davis, a former police chief in nearby Anne Arundel County, is named interim commissioner. New York Times, "Baltimore Police Commissioner Quits; Third to Go in 3 Years," 15 May 2018 Bevin subsequently appointed Lewis, a charter school advocate, as interim commissioner. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "Matt Bevin’s Revenge?," 4 May 2018 In the summer of 2016, the Board of Health turned to longtime department caregiver Dr. Marilyn Crumpton as interim commissioner for two years. Anne Saker, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati's health department touches you in ways you don't see. Here's its new boss.," 23 Apr. 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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The first known use of interim was circa 1580

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More Definitions for interim

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 \

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 \

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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