Definition of interim in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈin(t)ərəm/


The intervening time: in the interim I’ll just keep my fingers crossed
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  • Whoever they get I suggest that they should get someone as soon as possible in order to ensure that players don't leave in the interim.
  • I'd heard in the interim that Pam had left him and that he was on his uppers.
  • In the interim, she's entitled to disability leave of only about $250 a week - even if she's a principal.
meantime, meanwhile, intervening time;
interlude, interval


1In or for the intervening period; provisional or temporary: an interim arrangement
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  • This allows for the formation of whatever transitional government or whatever interim arrangement needs to be put in place.
  • Coun Judge wished Mr Paine well and said the interim arrangements will improve the authority.
  • Now we must urgently appeal to parents to keep their children away from the site in the interim period.
provisional, temporary, pro tem, stopgap, short-term, fill-in, caretaker, acting, transitional, makeshift, improvised, impromptu
1.1chiefly British Relating to less than a full year’s business activity: an interim dividend interim profit
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  • It said it would not pay an interim dividend and halved the net profit forecast for the half-year to September.
  • There was good news for shareholders, with the bank proposing an interim dividend of 5.5p, up 12.2% on a year earlier.
  • It paid 4p per share as an interim dividend but profits have come under considerable pressure since then.




Mid 16th century (denoting a temporary or provisional arrangement, originally for the adjustment of religious differences between the German Protestants and the Roman Catholic Church): from Latin, 'meanwhile'.

  • The Reformation produced upheaval in 16th-century Europe, and nowhere more so than in Germany. The Holy Roman Emperor Charles V attempted to settle the differences between the German Protestants and the Roman Catholic Church, making three provisional arrangements pending a settlement by a general council. This was called the Interim, and was reported in English in a diplomatic letter of July 1548. In Latin interim meant ‘meanwhile’. Very quickly people were using interim for other provisional arrangements, and then for ‘an intervening time, the meantime’.

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Syllabification: in·ter·im

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