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

As Britain builds more renewable electricity generators, coal usage has been dwindling, and this past week saw a substantial, although temporary, increase in renewable energy. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Britain Went an Entire Week Without Burning Coal," 10 May 2019 British businesses breathed a sigh of relief, but feared the respite would be temporary unless politicians can resolve a political crisis that been building since the surprise result of the 2016 Brexit referendum. Jill Lawless, The Seattle Times, "Shame, sadness in UK as Brexit reveals Parliament’s flaws," 14 Apr. 2019 Well, at the entrance of the room was a tiny temporary store that, Hindmarch reported, sold at least as much on its first day open as her permanent Bond Street store does. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "Anya Hindmarch’s Chubby Cloud Installation Was the Most Surprising—And Comfiest—Moment of London Fashion Week," 17 Sep. 2018 Still, McGraw and Taylor believe the roadblocks are temporary, expecting the markets will adjust once the pipelines are built. Madeleine Rivera, Fox News, "West Texas oil boom hampered by infrastructure woes," 12 Sep. 2018 The temporary store, which opened June 20, is stocked with products that typically sell out online within minutes of launching, such as the Ultralight Beams Collection of shimmering loose powder and KKW Beauty’s Crème Lipsticks. Kavita Daswani, latimes.com, "Kim Kardashian pop-up comes to Century City; Fendi, Rimowa team on new round of stylish luggage," 22 June 2018 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

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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