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

ad interim, impermanent, interim, provisional, provisionary, provisory, short-term

Antonyms: Adjective

long-term, permanent

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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

In fall 2018, that total represented roughly 65 percent of all of UA’s non-temporary employees, according to a document from the university system. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "Furlough notices go out to University of Alaska employees in the wake of governor’s veto," 2 July 2019 Budget band-aid: Ohio lawmakers, having failed to reach a budget deal before Sunday’s legal deadline, finalized a temporary funding measure that will keep the state government open for 17 days while talks continue. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland.com, "Concerns over ‘public perception’ lead Armond Budish to drop proposed lobbyist contract: The Wake Up for Monday, July 1, 2019," 1 July 2019 Last year, Syrian forces accidentally shot down a Russian military plane after an Israeli airstrike on Syrian territory, causing a temporary crisis in Israeli-Russian relations. Isabel Kershner, New York Times, "Israel Is Blamed for Deadly Missile Strikes in Syria," 1 July 2019 Until then, buses will continue to use the temporary terminal on an open block at Beale and Howard streets. John King, SFChronicle.com, "SF’s Transbay transit center rooftop park reopens to public — quietly," 1 July 2019 The religious group currently operates out of a temporary location at 6004 Park Heights Ave. Hallie Miller, baltimoresun.com, "A house divided: Plans for new Park Heights synagogue and community center would split a duplex down the middle," 1 July 2019 The temporary fence does not have wire that is normally present because of the ongoing jail renovations. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al.com, "Etowah County inmate recaptured after using trash can to climb over fence in escape," 30 June 2019 Advocates and attorneys have decried fetid, filthy conditions inside the stations that were not meant as more than a temporary holding station. CBS News, "El Salvadoran man dies in U.S. border custody," 30 June 2019 In response to Chavez’ request for a video of the meeting, David Washburn, temporary advisor for The Sun at the time, declined, citing California’s shield law, which protects newspapers from being forced to disclose unpublished information. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Southwestern College withdraws public records request it sent to student newspaper," 30 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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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temporary

adjective

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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