: occurring over or involving a relatively short period of time
: of, relating to, or constituting a financial operation or obligation based on a brief term and especially one of less than a year
: generated by assets held for less than six months

Examples of short-term in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Unlike earlier studies that only looked at the short-term effects of both cannabis and opioid use, this study interviewed participants over a 20-year period. Dr. Khushali Jhaveri, ABC News, 29 Nov. 2023 Joining networking groups may give you a six-month boost, but then what? Referrals are a short-term answer to a long-term problem. Patrick Dillon, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 But in today’s furious workplace environment of shifting skill needs, mergers and acquisitions, short-term projects and so many other reasons — most often at no fault of the worker — your employment suddenly came to an end. Phil Blair, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Nov. 2023 After all, in a city obsessed with collaboration, and replete with spectacular spaces ideal for short-term group exhibitions, what would be the point? Michael Snyder, Travel + Leisure, 27 Nov. 2023 Some tenants will have federal or local vouchers or will receive short-term subsidies while applying for vouchers. Doug Smith, Los Angeles Times, 27 Nov. 2023 Buy now, pay later, or BNPL, programs are short-term, zero-interest installment loans that allow customers to get items immediately and pay for them over time. Marley Jay, NBC News, 24 Nov. 2023 For its part, Beijing is reportedly exploring new measures to revive the property sector like offering additional stimulus of at least $140 billion, and allowing banks to offer unsecured short-term funding for a developer’s day-to-day operations. Bylionel Lim, Fortune, 24 Nov. 2023 The city could soon have a cap on the number of short-term rental permits approved per year. Marc Hayot, arkansasonline.com, 24 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1901, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of short-term was in 1901

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“Short-term.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/short-term. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: short-range
short-term goals

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