tem·​po·​rar·​i·​ly | \ˌtem-pə-ˈrer-ə-lē \

Definition of temporarily 

: during a limited time

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The South Wales native temporarily quit flying at age 20, a year before heading to Shanghai overland to study an eco city. Tyler Wetherall, Condé Nast Traveler, "The All-Women Sailing Crew Trying to Save the Ocean of Plastic," 27 Nov. 2018 Over the weekend, Customs and Border Protection officials temporarily closed a busy border crossing and dispersed with tear gas hundreds of Central American migrants in the Mexican city of Tijuana who made a rush for the border fence. Alicia A. Caldwell, WSJ, "U.S. Weighs Extending Troop Deployment at Southern Border," 26 Nov. 2018 After temporarily changing her last name to Blue, the Stranger Things star went one step further and unveiled a new blue makeup routine. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Millie Bobby Brown Matched Her Blue Manicure to Her Eyeshadow," 20 Nov. 2018 In 2011, when San Francisco was trying to encourage more tech firms to keep their headquarters in the economically beleaguered mid-Market neighborhood, the city agreed to temporarily exempt companies like Twitter from paying payroll taxes. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "San Francisco has passed a first-of-its-kind tax on big businesses — like Square and Stripe — to help the homeless," 7 Nov. 2018 The Mayo Clinic says that for people who have this condition, arteries to the fingers and toes sometimes spasm, in turn narrowing blood vessels and temporarily limiting blood supply. Colleen Stinchcombe, Woman's Day, "Why Am I Always Cold?," 16 Oct. 2018 In fact, temporarily going without eating or drinking stems from the practices of many major world religions and cultures. Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Intermittent Fasting, According to a Nutritionist," 11 Oct. 2018 The family temporarily moved to Calfornia while Ami underwent treatment, and the Browns decided to balance their love of the wilderness with keeping Ami healthy. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "Why the ‘Alaskan Bush People’ Family Can Never Move Back to Alaska," 2 Sep. 2018 When YouTube temporarily suspends a channel for a violation, that creator often appears as a guest on a like-minded person’s channel until the ban is lifted. Yoree Koh, WSJ, "Hate Speech on Live ‘Super Chats’ Tests YouTube," 2 Nov. 2018

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1534, in the meaning defined above

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