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temporary

[ tem-puh-rer-ee ]
/ ˈtɛm pəˌrɛr i /
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adjective

lasting, existing, serving, or effective for a time only; not permanent: a temporary need; a temporary job.

noun, plural tem·po·rar·ies.

an office worker hired, usually through an agency on a per diem basis, for a short period of time.

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Origin of temporary

First recorded in 1540–50; from Latin temporārius, equivalent to tempor- (stem of tempus) “time” + -ārius-ary

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1. Temporary, transient, transitory agree in referring to that which is not lasting or permanent. Temporary implies an arrangement established with no thought of continuance but with the idea of being changed soon: a temporary structure. Transient describes that which is in the process of passing by, and which will therefore last or stay only a short time: a transient condition. Transitory describes an innate characteristic by which a thing, by its very nature, lasts only a short time: Life is transitory.

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British Dictionary definitions for temporary

temporary
/ (ˈtɛmpərərɪ, ˈtɛmprərɪ) /

adjective

not permanent; provisionaltemporary accommodation
lasting only a short time; transitorytemporary relief from pain

noun plural -raries

a person, esp a secretary or other office worker, employed on a temporary basisOften shortened to: temp

Derived forms of temporary

temporarily, adverbtemporariness, noun

Word Origin for temporary

C16: from Latin temporārius, from tempus time
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