- lasting, existing, serving, or effective for a time only; not permanent: a temporary need; a temporary job.
- an office worker hired, usually through an agency on a per diem basis, for a short period of time.
Origin of temporary
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Examples from the Web for temporarily
Human trials of the Ebola vaccine have been temporarily shut down due to adverse side effects.Uh Oh: Ebola Vaccine Trials Stop
December 19, 2014
At the time that sounded like a great idea, but I was also about to start chemo and so that idea was temporarily put on hold.Blogger Shares and Shames Cancer in ‘Lily’
December 9, 2014
Pressing the dodge button at the right time causes her to temporarily burst into an invincible flock of crows.Bayonetta Is Nintendo’s Graphic, Ass-Kicking Barbie
October 24, 2014
A nearby family, also survivors of Ebola, has temporarily taken him in.Liberia’s Ebola Orphans
October 14, 2014
Ex-Im funding will now be temporarily extended, and then the GOP will figure out a way to reauthorize it for another few years.The GOP Can Always Get Worse -- and Will
September 19, 2014
But be careful; most of the things are only temporarily mounted—just in glycerine.The Bacillus of Beauty
Oddly enough, the shock of recognition brought him to his senses,—temporarily.
Temporarily dumb with consternation, he returned her stare as silently.
The theatre had been completed in my absence, and, indeed, temporarily opened.Adventures and Recollections
Bill o'th' Hoylus End
And he reports me either drunk or temporarily insane, does he?The Treasure Trail
Marah Ellis Ryan
- not permanent; provisionaltemporary accommodation
- lasting only a short time; transitorytemporary relief from pain
- a person, esp a secretary or other office worker, employed on a temporary basisOften shortened to: temp
Word Origin and History for temporarily
1540s, from Latin temporarius "of seasonal character, lasting a short time," from tempus (genitive temporis) "time, season" (see temporal). The noun meaning "person employed only for a time" is recorded from 1848.