interim

[in-ter-uhm]
noun
1.
an intervening time; interval; meantime: in the interim.
2.
a temporary or provisional arrangement; stopgap; makeshift.
3.
(initial capital letter) Church History. any of three provisional arrangements for the settlement of religious differences between German Protestants and Roman Catholics during the Reformation.
adjective
4.
for, during, belonging to, or connected with an intervening period of time; temporary; provisional: an interim order.
adverb

Origin:
1540–50; < Latin: in the meantime

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interim (ˈɪntərɪm)
 
adj
1.  (prenominal) temporary, provisional, or intervening: interim measures to deal with the emergency
 
n
2.  the interim the intervening time; the meantime (esp in the phrase in the interim)
 
adv
3.  rare meantime
 
[C16: from Latin: meanwhile]

Interim (ˈɪntərɪm)
 
n
any of three provisional arrangements made during the Reformation by the German emperor and Diet to regulate religious differences between Roman Catholics and Protestants

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Word Origin & History

interim
1548, from L. interim (adj.) "in the meantime," originally "in the midst of that," from inter- "between" + im, ancient adv. from stem of pronoun is "this, that."
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Idioms & Phrases

interim

see in the interim.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
As the country awaits an early election there are a few possibilities for who will take control in the interim.
And they quizzed them on their relationships in the interim.
In the meantime, looking at creative ways to retrofit existing equipment is a good interim strategy.
Scientists who left the field in the interim might never return.
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