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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
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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Examples for temporary
  • Pilots occasionally report temporary flickering of lights or short-lived interference with instruments.
  • As a rule, such moments are short-temporary tremors marking a crisis in the dictatorial power structure.
  • We moved the old refrigerator to the garage, which became our temporary kitchen.
  • Travel insurance is sometimes mistaken for temporary health insurance, but the two are actually different.
  • temporary files left by programs slow your machine and eat storage space.
  • temporary exhibitions highlight various aspects of the collections and include works from around the world.
  • It represents a new potential while non-destructively re-framing the past in a temporary manner.
  • The source was a temporary type of tissue called medullary bone lining the inside of their leg bone cavities.
  • Hospital masks are designed to be temporary and disposable.
  • The shield was topped by sturdy iron plates that formed a temporary roof and protected the miners as they worked.
British Dictionary definitions for temporary

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 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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