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Lasting for only a limited period of time; not permanent.‘a temporary job’
brief, short-lived, momentary, fleeting, passing, impermanent, here today and gone tomorrow, transient, transitory, ephemeral, evanescent, fugitivenon-permanent, short-term, interimView synonyms
- ‘The team welcomed a new player into their ranks, albeit for only a temporary period.’
- ‘We currently use temporary doctors but we can't carry on with this in the longer term.’
- ‘Most patients experience temporary side effects which usually end within three days.’
- ‘I was temporary manager for the day.’
- ‘Beauty is temporary, yet we live in a world that is preoccupied with looks.’
- ‘The couple run the parcel service from temporary buildings on the farm.’
- ‘Many people still live in temporary homes.’
- ‘In the past, permanent and temporary staff always had the same pay and conditions.’
- ‘When working in wet weather, they put down temporary protection for the soil.’
- ‘He suffered some temporary weakness in his right hand.’
- ‘The council has offered them temporary accommodation.’
- ‘The school had to make do with temporary classrooms.’
- ‘He hoped the company would assist them in finding temporary accommodation.’
- ‘She held him so tight it was painful, and prayed, just prayed, that this was only temporary.’
- ‘During the road closures police advise drivers to use the temporary car parks.’
- ‘You can record programmes to the hard drive for temporary storage.’
- ‘He is living here, but we do not know whether this is a permanent or temporary arrangement.’
- ‘The boys will stay in this temporary shelter until a better solution can be found.’
- ‘He was searching for emergency temporary accommodation in the city centre.’
- ‘She has two degrees but she has only found a part-time, temporary job.’
- ‘I have taken on a succession of temporary jobs.’
A person employed on a temporary basis, typically an office worker who finds employment through an agency.See also temp
- ‘The barracks were virtually empty and only used for temporaries.’
- ‘Employees usually taken on as temporaries to help with busy periods will be given permanent contracts.’
- ‘The health workers, who are hired as temporaries, also want permanent positions.’
- ‘Government is too important to be left to temporaries with no experience.’
- ‘The workers are recruited as temporaries during the annual pilgrimage season.’
- ‘They provide temporaries to firms needing replacement workers on a short-term basis.’
- ‘In the early years, sales teams promoted the use of temporaries.’
- ‘The maid and the cook have a week off and mom and dad never hired any temporaries.’
- ‘You'd think that employers would try to fill the gap with temporaries.’
- ‘They're paying overtime to existing employees or hiring temporaries instead.’
Mid 16th century: from Latin temporarius, from tempus, tempor- time.
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