Lasting for only a limited period of time; not permanent: a temporary job
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- 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.
noun (plural temporaries)
A person employed on a temporary basis, typically an office worker who finds employment through an agency. See also temp1.
- 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.
- 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 temporarycontemporary, extemporary
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