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interim

[in-ter-uh m] /ˈɪn tər əm/
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
5.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; < Latin: in the meantime
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Examples for interim
  • As the country awaits an early election there are a few possibilities for who will take control in the interim.
  • The interim government will have to contend with the same cantankerous parliament that made life miserable for the old leadership.
  • In cases where technology is not yet sufficient to automate the job, offshoring is likely to be pursued as a interim solution.
  • Meanwhile, both government agencies call for interim warning labels on all products containing the chlorofluorocarbon propellants.
  • But in the interim there had been a marked increase in basic-skills levels, and so the norms were out-of-date.
  • And they quizzed them on their relationships in the interim.
  • There has been a discovery on your own shores which will make this fuel cell thing little more than an interim step.
  • 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.
  • The world-wide stimulus package to prop up the crumbling economy is an interim measure.
British Dictionary definitions for interim

interim

/ˈɪntərɪm/
adjective
1.
(prenominal) temporary, provisional, or intervening interim measures to deal with the emergency
noun
2.
the interim, the intervening time; the meantime (esp in the phrase in the interim)
adverb
3.
(rare) meantime
Word Origin
C16: from Latin: meanwhile

Interim

/ˈɪntərɪm/
noun
1.
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 and History for interim
n.

1540s, from Latin interim (adv.) "in the meantime, meanwhile," originally "in the midst of that," from inter- "between" (see inter-) + im, ancient adverb from stem of pronoun is "this, that."

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