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interim Line breaks: in|terim
Pronunciation: /ˈɪnt(ə)rɪm/

Definition of interim in English:


1The 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.
2 (usually interims) chiefly British An interim dividend, profit, etc.
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  • Ferry and seafreight operator P&O is forecast to climb back into the black when it reports interims on Thursday, with pre-tax profits of £20m from losses of £25.7m previously.
  • The Royal Bank-backed Tesco Financial Services will also announce its first official profit when it declares its interims this week.
  • The bank announced a profits downgrade last month and analysts are expecting interims this week to confirm that it has lost market share.


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1In or for the intervening period; provisional: 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.
2Relating to less than a full year’s business activity: an interim dividend
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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.


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Mid 16th century (denoting a 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’.

Words that rhyme with interim

Leitrim • pilgrim • Purim

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