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 The temporary restraining order was issued Friday by District Judge Maya Guerra Gamble in Austin in response to a Planned Parenthood request. Jamie Stengle, ajc, 4 Sep. 2021 The temporary restraining order was issued Friday by District Judge Maya Guerra Gamble in Austin in response to a Planned Parenthood request. Jamie Stengle, Chron, 4 Sep. 2021 The temporary restraining order Friday by state District Judge Maya Guerra Gamble in Austin in response to the Planned Parenthood request does not interfere with the provision. Fox News, 4 Sep. 2021 The temporary restraining order was issued Friday by District Judge Maya Guerra Gamble in Austin in response to a Planned Parenthood request. Jamie Stengle, chicagotribune.com, 4 Sep. 2021 The temporary restraining order issued Friday by District Judge Maya Guerra Gamble in Austin in response to the Planned Parenthood request does not interfere with the enforcement of the law. BostonGlobe.com, 4 Sep. 2021 Tyler also talked to his grandfather, who refused to believe him, prevailed on him to sign a confidentiality agreement, then introduced him to a lawyer who handed him a temporary restraining order. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 2 Sep. 2021 During the hearing on Tuesday, an attorney representing the group argued against the temporary restraining order, saying Texas Right to Life has not specifically threatened legal action against the plaintiffs. Dallas News, 1 Sep. 2021 Something as simple as a large retirement party could cause a temporary increase in infections in a group of people who all work for the same employer. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But senators from both parties called the setback temporary, and another vote was expected as soon as Monday. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, 10 Aug. 2021 Measures of address changes, some temporary of course, were up over 27% in 2020 as moves spiked early in the pandemic and this trend has continued into 2021. Ben Baldanza, Forbes, 7 July 2021 Instead, a teacher may move from a temporary to a permanent license if the individual has not been placed on an improvement plan. Caroline Maguire And Laura Mogelson, Star Tribune, 6 May 2021 Penrod reached out to Marquette city officials, and last spring got the relevant stretch of road within the park temporary closed to evening and overnight vehicular traffic — when the emerging salamanders are on the move. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, 22 Mar. 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 11 Sep. 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/temporary. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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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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