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Definitions for temporary
ˈtɛm pəˌrɛr item·po·ra·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. temp, temporary, temporary workeradjective

    a worker (especially in an office) hired on a temporary basis

  2. impermanent, temporaryadjective

    not permanent; not lasting

    "politics is an impermanent factor of life"- James Thurber; "impermanent palm cottages"; "a temperary arrangement"; "temporary housing"

  3. irregular, temporaryadjective

    lacking continuity or regularity

    "an irregular worker"; "employed on a temporary basis"


  1. temporarynoun

    One serving for a limited time; short-term employee.

  2. temporaryadjective

    For a limited time, ephemeral, not constant; transient

  3. Etymology: From temporarius, from tempus

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Temporaryadjective

    Lasting only for a limited time.

    Etymology: tempus, Lat.

    These temporary truces were soon made and soon broken; he desired a straiter amity. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    The republick threatened with danger, appointed a temporary dictator, who, when the danger was over, retired again into the community. Addison.


  1. temporary

    Temporary refers to something that is not permanent, set to last only for a limited period of time, or intended to serve until replaced by something else. It often applies to concepts such as conditions, positions, places, or objects.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Temporaryadjective

    lasting for a time only; existing or continuing for a limited time; not permanent; as, the patient has obtained temporary relief

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'temporary' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2698

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'temporary' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2818

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'temporary' in Adjectives Frequency: #353

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of temporary in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of temporary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of temporary in a Sentence

  1. Dr Myo Nyunt:

    Currently our country hasn't achieved democracy, we worry that unnecessary things will happen due to the thangyat. So the authorities issued temporary restrictions.

  2. Clint Lancaster:

    I'm pleased with the settlement on a temporary basis, we're happy Lunden Alexis Roberts is getting support Lunden Alexis Roberts was not previously getting.

  3. Bert Colijn:

    The risks investors are willing to take are quite calculated right now (by) trying to modify bets based on how high inflation is going to rise against how temporary the rise will be.

  4. Tristain Shury:

    Everything is temporary. You only have one life to live. Remove the things that no longer serve your life purpose. Do not to prove yourself to anyone. The right people will accept and embrace you, regardless of your imperfections. At this stage in life, fall in love with taking good care of yourself.

  5. Steven Dillingham:

    Building on our successful and innovative internet response option, the dedicated women and men of the Census Bureau, including our temporary workforce deploying in communities across the country in upcoming weeks, will work diligently to achieve an accurate count.

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