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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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

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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

The utility's interim executive director, Marcie Edwards', last day was Monday. Kevin Litten, NOLA.com, "Mayor LaToya Cantrell: New Orleans drainage projects have 'been on hold far too long'," 22 May 2018 In his letter Tuesday, DesRoches proposed naming an outside interim athletic director similar to the position Anderson just assumed at Cal-Northridge, one that would not lead to a permanent hire. Don Markus, baltimoresun.com, "Frustrated with the AD search process, Maryland boosters raise concerns with Loh, Board of Regents," 9 May 2018 Merritt twice served as the school’s interim athletic director, from 1997-98 and 2008-09, before being hired full time as athletic director in 2015 and as boys’ basketball coach for the 2016-17 season. Nate Weitzer, BostonGlobe.com, "Cathedral terminates Larry Merritt as AD, boys’ basketball coach," 26 Mar. 2018 The first shoe in the process dropped Monday afternoon when U of L granted a five-year deal to one-time interim athletic director Vince Tyra. Patrick Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "Is Chris Mack set to choose between Xavier, Louisville?," 26 Mar. 2018 Alas, a day after the report was released, Michigan State’s interim athletic director Bill Beekman announced Bridges had been cleared to compete on Sunday against Wisconsin. Chris Johnson, SI.com, "Four Big Ten Teams Poised to Make Noise in March," 28 Feb. 2018 Wins during three of the final four games, capped by a 31-28 win at rival Mississippi State, led Ole Miss officials to remove the interim tag and name for Luke, a former Rebel player, head coach. Edgar Thompson, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Ole Miss rebuilding after NCAA sanctions, Rebels are No. 57 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 1 July 2018 By placing the item on Thursday's closed-session agenda, trustees could emerge from private discussions and vote to remove the interim tag from Lathan, who stepped into the district's top job in March. Jacob Carpenter, Houston Chronicle, "Houston ISD agenda includes discussion of making interim superintendent permanent," 12 June 2018 The University of Louisville's Board of Trustees' personnel committee recommended Monday to the full board that the school remove the interim tag from Vince Tyra's athletic director title. Dave Clark, Cincinnati.com, "ESPN's Fraschilla: Sister Jean should be Louisville's top candidate," 26 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Assistant coach Bobby Murphy, the club’s interim head coach after the firing of Jason Kreis, and goalkeeper coach Tim Mulqueen were absent from the early portion of training open to media. Jordan Culver, Pro Soccer USA, "New Orlando City coach James O’Connor gets 2.5-year deal, OCB plan in place," 2 July 2018 Lemonis will replace Gary Henderson, who was serving as Mississippi State's interim coach. Nat Newell, Indianapolis Star, "IU baseball coach Chris Lemonis hired by Mississippi State according to reports," 25 June 2018 The other finalist was Lance West, a UAF assistant for nine seasons who became the interim head coach for 2017-18 when Dallas Ferguson resigned after the 2016-17 season. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "UAF picks homegrown Erik Largen, 31, as its next hockey coach," 2 May 2018 Warriors players listened to Brown’s voice during those 11 playoff games last year, and Luke Walton’s during his 43 games as interim coach to start the 2015-16 season. San Francisco Chronicle, "Evolution of Steve Kerr: Warriors coach ready for toughest playoff run yet," 13 Apr. 2018 Engler named Beekman as the interim AD a week after taking office. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State to name Bill Beekman permanent athletic director on Monday," 13 July 2018 Zagrocki was deputy chief before being named interim police chief when Dowling resigned in January to concentrate on his bid for the Democratic nomination for Lake County sheriff. Rob Earnshaw, Post-Tribune, "Interim Schererville chief gets town's top cop job," 12 July 2018 Brainard, 62, was initially appointed interim fire chief on March 22, 2017, as part of the district’s decision to return to a stand-alone fire department after ending its contract with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Karen Pearlman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Miguel names veteran to lead fire district," 11 July 2018 Around the same time, Mr. Trump tapped Mr. Mulvaney as interim chief, resulting in a protracted period during which both officials claimed leadership of the bureau. Lalita Clozel, WSJ, "Mulvaney’s Challenger Is Leaving CFPB," 6 July 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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