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

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms & Antonyms for interim

Synonyms: Noun

discontinuity, gap, hiatus, hiccup (also hiccough), interlude, intermission, interregnum, interruption, interstice, interval

Synonyms: Adjective

ad interim, impermanent, provisional, short-term, temporary

Antonyms: Noun

continuation, continuity

Antonyms: Adjective

long-term, permanent

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 The Big Lead's Jason Lisk tried to fill the football void in the interim, ranking the top 25 college football teams of the last 25 years. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan or Michigan State football: Which ranks better over last 25 years?," 19 May 2018 The Celtics are an easy answer in the interim, with Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Scary Terry developing at an accelerated pace and Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward waiting in the wings. The Si Staff, SI.com, "Which Franchise Has the Brighter Future: 76ers or Celtics?," 8 May 2018 In the interim, the company’s wooly business has grown at a pace that surprised even its co-founders. Bloomberg.com, "Allbirds Hooked You On Wool Shoes. Next, Shoes Made from Trees," 15 Mar. 2018 The judge put off his decision until Tuesday and in the interim, the utility removed many of the poles that attorney Alexander Robertson and his team sought to leave in place. Joseph Serna, latimes.com, "Utility can remove power poles in an area of Montecito burned by the Thomas fire, judge rules," 20 Feb. 2018 Best, who was serving as deputy chief when Durkan appointed her interim chief on Jan. 1 following the departure of Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole, had been one of five semifinalists submitted by a 25-member search committee created by Durkan. Steve Miletich, The Seattle Times, "How the deal likely to make Carmen Best chief of Seattle police came together," 9 July 2018 Hal Henning, who lives in Washington state, started as the interim chief soon after. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "How an Alaska fishing town rebuilt its police department after all its officers quit," 7 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

As president of the Board of Supervisors, Breed had succeeded the late Mayor Ed Lee on an interim basis, but the board’s progressives replaced her with Farrell, partly of because Breed held dual executive and legislative roles. Dominic Fracassa, SFChronicle.com, "Now-former SF Mayor Farrell looks back on short term, future of city," 12 July 2018 Mike West, senior vice president of supply chain operations, will serve in the role on an interim basis. Katherine Peralta, charlotteobserver, "Lowe's announces major shakeup of executive roles," 9 July 2018 Breed, in her role as board of supervisors president, initially was tapped to be interim mayor following the sudden death of Ed Lee in December. Romy Varghese, Bloomberg.com, "London Breed Elected San Francisco Mayor," 13 June 2018 As interim mayor, Weiss will continue to serve on the Planning Commission, while Ganning will become the first woman on the panel since Judy Rawson was mayor. Thomas Jewell, cleveland.com, "Shaker Heights council OKs Lee-Van Aken safety upgrade, hears other traffic concerns," 15 May 2018 Paul DesCoteaux, who died in 2012, was a veteran Geneva alderman and served as interim mayor in 1996. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "Spring cleaning: Volunteers pick up debris along Fox River banks," 8 Apr. 2018 In the interim, local authorities have attempted to tackle the issue themselves. Eli Meixler, Time, "Five Killed in Latest Mob Attack After Rumors on Social Media. Here’s What to Know About India's WhatsApp Murders," 3 July 2018 During the interim, the Coast Guard used an aircraft to monitor communications. Sun Sentinel Staff, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Coast Guard: Offshore radio communications have been restored in South Florida," 28 June 2018 The court would then have 10 days to hold a formal hearing on the petition and in the interim could order the police to keep custody of the weapons. Matt Stout, BostonGlobe.com, "Legislature could soon move ‘red flag’ gun bill to Baker’s desk," 28 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'interim.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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-

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about interim

Statistics for interim

Last Updated

25 Oct 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for interim

The first known use of interim was circa 1580

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on interim

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for interim

Spanish Central: Translation of interim

Nglish: Translation of interim for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of interim for Arabic Speakers

Comments on interim

What made you want to look up interim? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

playful or foolish behavior

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Autumn Words of the Day 2018

  • a-top-down-image-of-road-through-an-autumn-forest
  • Which is a synonym of fugacious?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!