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

Essential Meaning of interim

: a period of time between events : interval The regulations are scheduled to change next winter, and in the interim [=meanwhile], we'll be working hard to make all of the appropriate changes.

Full Definition of interim

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an intervening time : interval



Definition of interim (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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 Making reliable Covid-19 testing more widely available and better reported can help in the interim. Atul Grover, STAT, 25 Nov. 2021 That would allow businesses to voluntarily impose requirements in the interim. Michael Collins, USA TODAY, 24 Nov. 2021 What seems to have arisen in the interim is an unannounced estrangement between them. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 22 Nov. 2021 And that photon can conjure up additional fleeting particles in the interim. Quanta Magazine, 22 Nov. 2021 In the interim, the Heat’s No. 18 pick in the 2021 draft was exercised by the Oklahoma City Thunder, for Florida guard Tre Mann, as part of the convoluted trail of that selection first sent out in 2015 to the Phoenix Suns for Goran Dragic. Ira Winderman,, 20 Nov. 2021 In the interim, the OSAA and the two school districts will continue investigating. oregonlive, 16 Nov. 2021 In the interim, the Legislature — one of 10 full-time state legislative bodies in the country — has livestreamed its legislative sessions, where many lawmakers still vote remotely, and allowed public hearings to be conducted virtually. Matt Stout,, 14 Nov. 2021 Janey, per city rules, served in the interim until a new mayor can be elected., 9 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The trial was stopped early because the interim results were so strong. Helena Oliviero, ajc, 25 Nov. 2021 Among those currently inside the school system, the candidates are thought to include interim Supt. Los Angeles Times, 25 Nov. 2021 Garcia's deputy, Charles Raimi, will serve as interim Corporation Counsel, Duggan said. Dana Afana, Detroit Free Press, 25 Nov. 2021 Kenneth Klein, elected this past April as village trustee, was named interim mayor in a 4-2 vote during a special Crestwood Village Board meeting Tuesday. Mike Nolan,, 24 Nov. 2021 After working as an environmental justice advocate, as well as a staffer for former Councilwoman Donna Frye, Capretz was brought on by then-interim Mayor Todd Gloria in 2013 to draft the climate plan. Joshua Emerson Smith, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Nov. 2021 Both teams in the Apple Cup, Washington (4-7) and Washington State (6-5), have interim coaches. New York Times, 24 Nov. 2021 The Beavers come into Autzen with a two-game winning streak and renewed optimism on defense under interim coordinator Trent Bray. oregonlive, 22 Nov. 2021 Shields took over the 1,300-officer department as its fourth leader in seven months, succeeding two interim chiefs and Police Chief Steve Conrad, who was fired during the 2020 protests. Washington Post, 22 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of interim


circa 1580, in the meaning defined above


1604, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for interim


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

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“Interim.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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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.


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



Legal Definition of interim (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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