the short term

noun
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of the short term

: a short period of time at the beginning of something
  • It will meet our needs, at least for the short term.
  • His plan has advantages over the short term.
usually used in the phrase in the short term
  • It won't make any difference in the short term.
  • These changes may improve profits in the short term, but they are going to cost us money in the long term.

Word by Word Definitions

short play
  1. : having little length

  2. : not tall or high : low

  3. : not extended in time : brief

  1. : in a curt manner

  2. : for or during a brief time

  3. : at a disadvantage : unawares

  1. : the sum and substance : upshot

  2. : a short syllable

  3. : a short sound or signal

  1. : short-circuit

  2. : shortchange, cheat

  3. : to sell (a security) short in expectation of a fall in prices

term play
  1. : a word or expression that has a precise meaning in some uses or is peculiar to a science, art, profession, or subject

  2. : expression of a specified kind

  3. : a limited or definite extent of time

  1. : to apply a term to : call, name


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