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temporary

tem·po·rar·y

temporary

 
 
pronunciation:
tem p reI ri
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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part of speech: adjective
definition: of brief or limited duration; impermanent.
My job is temporary, so I'll have to look for another soon.I felt better when she told me the situation was only temporary.They're living in temporary housing until their home is rebuilt.
 
synonyms:
impermanent, passing, short-term
antonyms:
chronic, continuous, fast, lasting, permanent, perpetual
similar words:
acting, adjunct, brief, ephemeral, fleeting, fly-by-night, fugitive, short-lived, transient, transitory
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part of speech: noun
inflections: temporaries
definition: a person, usu. an office worker, employed for a limited time only.
We hired a temporary while our receptionist was on vacation.
similar words:
casual, replacement, stand-in, substitute
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derivations: temporarily (adv.), temporariness (n.)
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