AskDefine | Define temporarily

Dictionary Definition

temporarily adv : for a limited time only; not permanently; "he will work here temporarily"; "he was brought out of retirement temporarily"; "a power failure temporarily darkened the town" [ant: permanently]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. for a relatively brief period of time
  2. not permanently

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Extensive Definition

Temporary is a term that denotes a finite period of time, with a defined beginning and an end. It is derived from the Latin temporarius "of seasonal character, lasting a short time," from tempus (gen. temporis) "time, season." It is the opposite of permanent.It can also refer to any of the following:

See also

temporarily in French: Temporaire
temporarily in Simple English: Temporary
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