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

This can result in symptoms like burning eyes, blurry vision, swelling, and even a temporary loss of vision, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Korin Miller, SELF, "5 Entirely Preventable Eye Injuries Doctors See Way Too Often," 1 Nov. 2018 The new pay threshold will go into effect Nov. 1 and impact all full-time, temporary and seasonal workers across the company’s U.S. warehouse and customer service teams as well as Whole Foods, the company said in a blog post. Jason Del Rey, Recode, "Amazon will raise its minimum wage to $15 for all 350,000 U.S. workers," 2 Oct. 2018 This is why President Trump supports the temporary travel ban and extreme vetting to protect America. Fox News, "Scaramucci, Kirk sound off on Brennan, Cuomo," 18 Aug. 2018 In March, Kotaku reported that streamer Hyphonix received his tenth temporary ban, that time for brief and minor nudity. Mckenna Moore, Fortune, "2 Popular Twitch Streamers Banned for a Month Over Hate Speech," 5 July 2018 In January 2017, more than 5,000 appeared for a pro-immigration rally after President Donald Trump's temporary ban on Muslims and refugees from seven nations. Zahria Rogers, The Courier-Journal, "Rally against family separation policy planned for downtown Louisville," 29 June 2018 After seven consecutive games against SEC foes, Kentucky’s defense should enjoy a temporary reprieve against Middle Tennessee. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "How Kentucky football can win (or lose) against Middle Tennessee State," 12 July 2018 Fans have since responded with their own versions, including an ode to members of American Horror Story: Coven who have passed (even if those deaths are occasionally temporary). Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "New "Avengers: End Game" Posters Are Being Turned Into Viral Memes," 27 Mar. 2019 Still, the new shade could be a sign that Woods is officially over the drama and ready to get back to work with a new (possibly temporary) look. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Jordyn Woods Steps Out in Head-Turning Platinum-Blonde Hair," 26 Mar. 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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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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