Temporary definition

tĕmpə-rĕrē
Frequency:
Lasting, used, serving, or enjoyed for a limited time.
adjective
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An employee, esp. an office worker, hired for temporary service.
noun
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One that serves for a limited time.

An office staffed by temporaries.

noun
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Lasting, enjoyed, used, etc. for a time only; not permanent.
adjective
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Existing only for a short time or short times; transient, ephemeral.
adjective
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One serving for a limited time; short-term employee.
noun
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Something that will last for only a limited period of time; transitory. Temporary is meaningless with regard to the duration of the length of time that it will last; however, it is used to designate absence of permanence.
adjective
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Not permanent; existing only for a period or periods of time.
adjective
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The definition of temporary is something which is not intended to last for a long time.

An example of something that would be described as temporary is a brief leave-of-absence you take from your job where you are gone only for a day or two.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
temporary
Plural:
temporaries

Origin of temporary

  • Latin temporārius from tempus tempor- time

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin temporarius, from tempus (“time")

    From Wiktionary