tem·​po·​rar·​i·​ly | \ ˌtem-pə-ˈrer-ə-lē How to pronounce temporarily (audio) \

Definition of temporarily

: during a limited time

Examples of temporarily in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Throughout an unprecedented year that was mired by the COVID-19 pandemic, Best Buy rapidly changed its operations choosing to temporarily close its stores to traffic last March and offer curbside pickup while later reopening in stages. Nicole Norfleet, Star Tribune, "Best Buy has blockbuster holiday season as pandemic changed consumer habits," 25 Feb. 2021 But the pandemic, and the loss of nearly 12 months’ worth of tourism, has forced the cafe to temporarily close, with no clear reopening date. Tara Isabella Burton, WSJ, "World Wars Couldn’t Stop Venice’s Caffe Florian. Covid Did.," 25 Feb. 2021 Salons and spas were forced to close at least temporarily, with some never reopening; plastic surgeons, however, saw an increase in procedure requests. Marci Robin, Allure, "Becca Cosmetics Is Going Out of Business," 24 Feb. 2021 The city reached a high of nearly 6,000 daily vaccinations in mid-February before widespread shortages caused mass vaccination sites like Moscone Center to temporarily close. Susie Neilson, San Francisco Chronicle, "When could S.F. reach herd immunity as vaccinations speed up? A UCSF expert explains the math," 23 Feb. 2021 The pandemic forced department stores to close temporarily and has impacted foot traffic at stores. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, "Kohl's tried striking a deal with Amazon. It wasn't enough," 22 Feb. 2021 That was before severe winter storms in other parts of the country delayed vaccine shipments to San Diego, causing the county to temporarily close its largest vaccination center at Petco Park for several days. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego Unified expected to release reopening timeline, updated plans Tuesday," 22 Feb. 2021 In Tennessee, the Memphis International Airport reopened its passenger terminal at 3 p.m. local time after officials were forced to temporarily close it and cancel all flights because of water pressure issues on Friday. NBC News, "President Biden declares major disaster for much of Texas following severe winter storm," 21 Feb. 2021 And just last week, Kyle was forced to close the store temporarily to deep-clean after one of his workers tested positive for COVID-19. Tyler Van Dyke, Washington Examiner, "'We are a child of the pandemic': Baltimore bakery defies the odds with debut," 21 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of temporarily

1534, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for temporarily

temporary entry 1 + -ly entry 2

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28 Feb 2021

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“Temporarily.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/temporarily. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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