Definition of temporary in English:


Line breaks: tem|por¦ary
Pronunciation: /ˈtɛmp(ə)rəri


noun (plural temporaries)

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  • A person employed on a temporary basis, typically an office worker who finds employment through an agency: to gain flexibility, companies are bringing in temporaries or contracting out work See also temp1.
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    • They're paying overtime to existing employees or hiring temporaries instead.
    • They provide temporaries to firms needing replacement workers on a short-term basis.
    • You'd think that employers would try to fill the gap with temporaries.



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  • The book celebrating being single, but nevertheless stressed the importance of its temporariness.
  • The appearance of temporariness gives the tent a modesty and humility.


mid 16th century: from Latin temporarius, from tempus, tempor- 'time'.

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