Definition of temporary in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtɛmp(ə)rəri/


Lasting for only a limited period of time; not permanent: a temporary job
More example sentences
  • In the past, permanent and temporary staff always had the same pay and conditions.
  • He is living here, but we do not know whether this is a permanent or temporary arrangement.
  • He hoped the company would assist them in finding temporary accommodation.
non-permanent, short-term, interim;
provisional, pro tem, makeshift, stopgap;
acting, fill-in, stand-in, caretaker;
Latin ad interim, pro tempore
brief, short-lived, momentary, fleeting, passing, impermanent, here today and gone tomorrow, transient, transitory, ephemeral, evanescent, fugitive
rare fugacious

noun (plural temporaries)

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.



Pronunciation: /ˈtɛmp(ə)rərɪnəs/
Example sentences
  • 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'.

Words that rhyme with temporary

contemporary, extemporary

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Line breaks: tem|por¦ary

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