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

Lu went on to write new series (most recently, the sci-fi Warcross duology), but never entirely left Legend behind, percolating over the story and characters’ fates and publishing shorter novellas in the interim. David Canfield, EW.com, "Marie Lu talks returning to Legend with Rebel: 'I didn't realize I wanted closure'," 8 Aug. 2019 In the interim, all bags offered at checkout are taxed instead. Stephen L. Carter, Twin Cities, "Stephen L. Carter: Get off the bandwagon of banning plastic bags," 7 Aug. 2019 Israel and Hamas have fought three wars in 10 years, with countless bloody skirmishes in the interim. Heidi Levine, National Geographic, "Plastics in the Gaza Strip are both a curse and a blessing," 7 Aug. 2019 Punishing drivers in the interim is self-righteous grandstanding. Vincent Carroll, The Denver Post, "Carroll: One root cause of the RTD ridership slide — convenience — isn’t going anywhere," 3 Aug. 2019 The current director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, will be leaving the post in mid-August, and an acting director yet to be named will serve in the interim. CBS News, "Trump speaks before departing for Bedminster for the weekend - live stream," 2 Aug. 2019 In the interim, the state expects to collect $30.2 million this fiscal year and $26.8 million in the next year from the new tax. Russell Blair, courant.com, "Capitol Week in Review: Plastic bag tax and a Bridgeport casino," 2 Aug. 2019 Building a network takes enormous time and investment, so in the interim, Dish’s customers will all be riding on the combined T-Mobile and Sprint network. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Dish confirms that it will become a major US mobile carrier," 26 July 2019 Since firing Brian Gaine in June, the Texans have yet to fill their general manager role, with senior vice president of football administration Chris Olsen holding the post in the interim. Nicole Yang, BostonGlobe.com, "Belichick calls Texans’ pursuit of Caserio ‘water under the bridge’," 25 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Green, 44, will serve as interim chief when Barksdale leaves Oct. 31. Lynh Bui, Washington Post, "Pr. George’s fire chief to retire; will be replaced by deputy who would become the department’s first female chief," 30 July 2019 Jason Thody, interim Hartford police chief, has said the fleeing vehicle was blocked by traffic, then backed up in what Thody said was an apparent attempt to get past the officers, and struck another citizen’s vehicle. Rebecca Lurye, courant.com, "Hartford officer, victim named in police-involved shooting on I-84 on-ramp," 28 July 2019 Daly became interim chief on July 1 and was formally sworn in to the permanent position on July 18. John Laidler, BostonGlobe.com, "Peabody mayor appoints Daly as new fire chief," 23 July 2019 Executive Assistant Chief Ed Kraus has been named the city's interim police chief. Marc Ramirez, Dallas News, "Fort Worth must wait to replace fired police chief while he fights dismissal, judge rules," 19 July 2019 Blackshire, who has been serving as the city’s interim fire chief since January, will become the department’s first black leader. Maggie Angst, The Mercury News, "Palo Alto names 2 familiar faces to high-ranking positions, including its first black fire chief," 18 July 2019 Officers first approached the truck from behind but moved in front of it to shield nearby pedestrians from any potential gunfire, according to interim police chief Ed Kraus. Fox News, "Deadly Texas police shooting of armed man inside truck captured on video," 26 June 2019 Brautigam said a deputy police chief will be appointed as interim police chief following Testa’s retirement. John Spina, The Denver Post, "Boulder police Chief Greg Testa announces retirement," 25 June 2019 No successor has been lined up, so the firm’s general counsel will become interim chief. Aaron Back, WSJ, "Wheels Come Off Wells Fargo Stagecoach Yet Again," 28 Mar. 2019

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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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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 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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