Meaning of “short-term” in the English Dictionary

(Definition of “short-term” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"short-term" in American English

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us /ˈʃɔrtˈtɜrm/

happening, existing, or continuing for only a little time:

Short-term interest rates are going down.

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"short term" in Business English

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short termnoun [ S ]

uk us

→  short run


uk /ˌʃɔːtˈtɜːm/ us

continuing or having an effect for a short period of time in the future:

These risks are short-term and manageable.
Stability involves balancing short-term and long-term outcomes to achieve sustainable success.
Despite some short-term benefits, these strategies exact many costs.
Roughly a third of the workforce is employed under short-term contracts.
Our short-term financial goal is to survive the next few years.

ACCOUNTING relating to a period of time of less than one year:

Any liabilities that will be settled in less than 12 months are short-term liabilities.

FINANCE relating to money that is borrowed or invested for a short period of time:

Sometimes banks require emergency short-term financing.
There is optimism that Federal Reserve policy makers will cut short-term interest rates.


(Definition of “short term” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)