temporary

adjective
tem·​po·​rary | \ ˈtem-pə-ˌrer-ē How to pronounce temporary (audio) \

Definition of temporary

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: lasting for a limited time

temporary

noun
plural temporaries

Definition of temporary (Entry 2 of 2)

: one serving for a limited time adding several temporaries as typists during the summer

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Other Words from temporary

Adjective

temporariness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for temporary

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of temporary in a Sentence

Adjective The drug will give you temporary relief from the pain. The delay is only temporary. The settlers built temporary shelters.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Try not to dwell on today’s outcome; everything is temporary. Tarot Astrologers, chicagotribune.com, "Daily horoscope for October 10, 2020," 10 Oct. 2020 Most of the latest changes will happen on Oct. 20 and will be temporary, Twitter said. Kate Conger, New York Times, "Twitter Will Turn Off Some Features to Fight Election Misinformation," 9 Oct. 2020 Protection is temporary — lasting perhaps a few weeks to a few months — but instantaneous. Sandi Doughton, Star Tribune, "Monoclonal antibodies could fill treatment gap until vaccines arrive, but at a cost," 8 Oct. 2020 These are temporary, one-year approvals granted when the benefit of having a product immediately available outweighs the risk of less substantial data. Suzi Ring, Bloomberg.com, "Covid Vaccine ‘Unlikely’ to Be Ready for Use This Year in EU," 8 Oct. 2020 But even if that issue gets resolved in a way that exempts a lot of user data sharing, the setback would probably be temporary. Gilad Edelman, Wired, "‘Do Not Track’ Is Back, and This Time It Might Work," 7 Oct. 2020 The site is temporary: It will be used until a permanent charging site is built at 6410 N. College Ave. Ethan May, The Indianapolis Star, "IndyGo is slowing down service for the Red Line and 2 other routes," 6 Oct. 2020 Businesses in Virginia already hit hard by the restrictions placed on them by Gov. Ralph Northam in the state's attempt to combat the COVID-19 pandemic now have to worry about regulations that were meant to be temporary becoming permanent. Chris Krug, Washington Examiner, "Data sheds new light on Michigan governor’s handling of nursing home illnesses amid coronavirus," 5 Oct. 2020 And since the cease-fire in 1994 – which was meant to be temporary – Azerbaijan has vowed to regain the territory, even as neighboring Armenia considers itself Nagorno-Karabakh’s security guarantor. Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Turkey stirring the pot? Why Armenians, Azeris are fighting again.," 5 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That’s a common thread for those leaving the Bay Area: embracing the ambiguity of life during the pandemic and accepting that the temporary may blur into the permanent. Anna Kramer is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Anna Kramer, SFChronicle.com, "People are fleeing the Bay Area. But they might not be gone for long," 7 Sep. 2020 This allowed undocumented immigrants brought to America as children who enrolled in or graduated from school, university or the armed forces and had no criminal record temporary, renewable legal working papers. The Economist, "America’s immigration system is broken," 28 June 2018 Salvadorans were first allowed to apply for temporary protected status by the George W. Bush administration after major earthquakes devastated parts of El Salvador in 2001, causing many to flee the country. Monroe Trombly, Cincinnati.com, "Ohio Gov. John Kasich to Donald Trump: Frustrated? 'Sit on your hands and keep your mouth shut'," 16 Jan. 2018 Why the move to such a high percent of a firm’s staff being temporaries of one form or another? Phil Blair, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Who would have thought we'd be moving to a just-in-time workforce?," 11 Sep. 2017 Temporary Protected Status was first provided to Haitians under the Obama administration following Haiti’s devastating Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake. Jacqueline Charles, miamiherald, "Trump administration seeking criminal history of Haitians," 9 May 2017 The Homeland Security Department said Kelly has not made a final decision about Temporary Protected Status for Haiti and declined to comment on the process. Washington Post, "US seeks evidence of Haitian crimes as it weighs their stay," 9 May 2017 Tens of thousands of Haitians in the United States when a massive earthquake struck in 2010 were invited to apply for temporary protected status. Sandra Pedicini, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Hundreds of Haitian Disney employees may have to leave U.S.," 25 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of temporary

Adjective

circa 1564, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1848, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for temporary

Adjective

borrowed from Latin temporārius "suited to the occasion, made for the occasion, lasting a limited time," from tempor-, tempus "time, period of time" + -ārius -ary entry 2 — more at tempo

Noun

derivative of temporary entry 1

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The first known use of temporary was circa 1564

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15 Oct 2020

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“Temporary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/temporary. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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temporary

adjective
How to pronounce temporary (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of temporary

: continuing for a limited amount of time : not permanent
: intended to be used for a limited amount of time

temporary

adjective
tem·​po·​rary | \ ˈtem-pə-ˌrer-ē How to pronounce temporary (audio) \

Kids Definition of temporary

: not permanent We performed on a temporary stage.

Other Words from temporary

temporarily \ ˌtem-​pə-​ˈrer-​ə-​lē \ adverb

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