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

The team has already cost themselves so many rebuilding opportunities by perpetually affixing temporary bandages to the roster in an effort to appease Eli Manning. Conor Orr, SI.com, "What You Should Actually Worry About After the NFL’s First Sunday," 9 Sep. 2019 At first the scientists thought there might be a temporary problem with the data connection. Gretchen Vogel, Science | AAAS, "Suspect surfaces in the mysterious case of the underwater research station that vanished," 9 Sep. 2019 But the job was only temporary and Trout found herself back in sales. Los Angeles Times, "Kombucha CEO says company’s founders ‘were “succeed at any cost” types of people’," 8 Sep. 2019 The invasive returned later in the summer, and so did the seven temporary town employees. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "South Windsor using ‘goatscaping’ to control invasive plants," 7 Sep. 2019 The incident was the third to occur either inside or near a high school football venue this season in Alabama that has either led to mass panic or a temporary halt to a football game. John Sharp | Jsharp@al.com, al, "Jefferson County schools seek ‘effective measures’ for security after shooting near game," 7 Sep. 2019 As with most other zoos that have pandas, the animals and their offspring are temporary loans. New York Times, "At Berlin Zoo, a Clamor to Name Twin Pandas ‘Hong’ and ‘Kong’," 6 Sep. 2019 In a former Air Force chaplain’s office, a 4,000 square foot, temporary museum displays some of the world’s first desktop computers, antique phones, Thomas Edison’s first light bulbs and a display with live electricity volts. Randy Diamond, ExpressNews.com, "Port San Antonio experiencing growth spurt," 6 Sep. 2019 Police charged a Friendswood man and Webster man, both 17, with possession of drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop for expired temporary tags Aug. 24 in the 15400 block of Blackhawk Boulevard. Jennifer James Correspondent, Houston Chronicle, "Friendswood man accused of stealing school bus," 6 Sep. 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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