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temporary

Syllabification: tem·po·rar·y
Pronunciation: /ˈtempəˌrerē
 
/

Definition of temporary in English:

adjective

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.
Synonyms

noun (plural temporaries)

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A person employed on a temporary basis, typically an office worker who finds employment through an agency. See also temp1.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

temporarily

1
Pronunciation: /ˌtempəˈre(ə)rəlē, ˈtempəˌrer-/
adverb
Example sentences
  • Bus stops may have to be moved temporarily.
  • The service was temporarily suspended, but the problem has now been resolved.
  • Traffic was stopped temporarily for the parade.
Synonyms
for the time being, for the moment, for now, for the present, in the interim, for the nonce, in/for the meantime, in the meanwhile;
provisionally, pro tem
informal for the minute

temporariness

2
noun
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.

Words that rhyme with temporary

contemporary, extemporary

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