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temporary

[tem-puh-rer-ee] /ˈtɛm pəˌrɛr i/
adjective
1.
lasting, existing, serving, or effective for a time only; not permanent:
a temporary need; a temporary job.
noun, plural temporaries.
2.
an office worker hired, usually through an agency on a per diem basis, for a short period of time.
Origin of temporary
1540-1550
1540-50; < Latin temporārius, equivalent to tempor- (stem of tempus) time + -ārius -ary
Related forms
temporarily
[tem-puh-rair-uh-lee, tem-puh-rer-] /ˌtɛm pəˈrɛər ə li, ˈtɛm pəˌrɛr-/ (Show IPA),
adverb
temporariness, noun
nontemporarily, adverb
nontemporariness, noun
nontemporary, adjective
untemporary, adjective
Synonyms
1. impermanent, passing. Temporary, transient, transitory agree in referring to that which is not lasting or permanent. Temporary implies an arrangement established with no thought of continuance but with the idea of being changed soon: a temporary structure. Transient describes that which is in the process of passing by, and which will therefore last or stay only a short time: a transient condition. Transitory describes an innate characteristic by which a thing, by its very nature, lasts only a short time: Life is transitory.
Antonyms
1. permanent.
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  • Fortunately for France, Carnot was temporarily retained to control the department of war.

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  • temporarily dumb with consternation, he returned her stare as silently.

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  • The moon, temporarily unveiled, revealed as wet a landscape as one could possibly imagine.

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British Dictionary definitions for temporarily

temporary

/ˈtɛmpərərɪ; ˈtɛmprərɪ/
adjective
1.
not permanent; provisional: temporary accommodation
2.
lasting only a short time; transitory: temporary relief from pain
noun (pl) -raries
3.
a person, esp a secretary or other office worker, employed on a temporary basis Often shortened to temp
Derived Forms
temporarily, adverb
temporariness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin temporārius, from tempus time
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Word Origin and History for temporarily

temporary

adj.

1540s, from Latin temporarius "of seasonal character, lasting a short time," from tempus (genitive temporis) "time, season" (see temporal). The noun meaning "person employed only for a time" is recorded from 1848.

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