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temporary

adjective tem·po·rary \ ˈtem-pə-ˌrer-ē \

Definition of temporary

:lasting for a limited time

temporariness

noun

Examples of temporary in a Sentence

  1. The drug will give you temporary relief from the pain.

  2. The delay is only temporary.

  3. The settlers built temporary shelters.

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Origin and Etymology of temporary

Latin temporarius, from tempor-, tempus time


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temporary

noun

Definition of temporary

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

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First Known Use of temporary

1848


TEMPORARY Defined for English Language Learners

temporary

adjective

Definition of temporary for English Language Learners

  • : continuing for a limited amount of time : not permanent

  • : intended to be used for a limited amount of time


TEMPORARY Defined for Kids

temporary

adjective tem·po·rary \ ˈtem-pə-ˌrer-ē \

Definition of temporary for Students

:not permanent
  • We performed on a temporary stage.

temporarily

\ˌtem-pə-ˈrer-ə-lē\ adverb

Word Root of temporary

The Latin word tempus, meaning “time,”and its form temporis give us the roots temp and tempor. Words from the Latin tempus have something to do with time. Something temporary lasts only a short time. Someone or something contemporary lives or occurs at the same time as someone or something else. A tempo is the speed at which music is performed in time.



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