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Definition of "temporary" []

  • Lasting, used, serving, or enjoyed for a limited time. (adjective)
  • Informal One that serves for a limited time: an office staffed by temporaries. (noun)
  • Not permanent; provisional (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Lasting only a short time; transitory (adjective)
  • A person, esp a secretary or other office worker, employed on a temporary basis (noun)

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Use "temporary" in a sentence
  • "V. i.145 (125,6) [nor a temporary medler] It is hard to know what is meant by a _temporary_ medler."
  • "And "trumpery insanity" was a popular catchphrase in the late 1800s, when the expression "temporary insanity" was much in use."
  • "We are concerned that President Obama offers only short term temporary tax relief for small businesses but still suggests future higher marginal tax rates for successful small businesses, our job creators, says Caroline Harris, chief tax counsel for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce."