From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishtemporarytem‧po‧ra‧ry /ˈtempərəri, -pəri $ -pəreri/ ●●●S3W3AWL adjective 🔊 🔊 1TEMPORARYcontinuing for only a limitedperiod of time opp permanent 🔊 temporary pain relief 🔊 I’m living with my parents, but it’s only temporary. 🔊 You might want to consider temporary work until you decide what you want to do. 🔊 She was employed on a temporary basis.2TEMPORARYintended to be used for only a limited period of time opp permanent 🔊 temporary accommodation 🔊 The bridge was erected as a temporary measure. —temporarily /ˈtempərərəli $ ˌtempəˈrerəli/ adverb 🔊 Due to a small fire, the office will be closed temporarily.THESAURUStemporary continuing for only a limited period of timeI’ve got a temporary office job, but I hope I’ll find something more permanent soon.I’m sure the problem is only temporary.temporary staffa temporary visaprovisionaltemporary – used especially about arrangements or information that people may decide to change in the future. Also used about licences or governments which are only arranged to last for a short timeDoes the hotel accept provisional bookings?They have set a provisional date for the next meeting.a provisional driving licenceIn June, the rebels claimed to have formed a provisional government.Provisional figures yesterday from the Department of Transport showed that 4,274 people were killed last year — 6 percent fewer than the previous year.stopgap [only before noun] temporary – used about something that you use for a short time until you can replace it with something better The Republicans will approve the one-month budget as a stopgap measure to keep the state operating. This is only a stopgap solution to the country’s debt problem.passing [only before noun] temporary – used about an interest, thought, or feeling that is short and not very seriousTonight’s game will be exciting, even to those with only a passing interest in the sport.As a student, I didn’t give working in finance even a passing thought.ephemeral formalexisting or popular for only a short timethe ephemeral beauty of white snow on green trees and bare branchesMany new words, particularly slang, are fleeting and ephemeral.transient formal continuing for only a limited time, or staying somewhere for only a short time – used especially to say that something is always changing, or people only stay somewhere for a short timethe transient nature of lifetransient changes in the electrical properties of the neurons Arizona has a highly transient population.