Meaning of “temp” in the English Dictionary

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

"temp" in American English

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tempnoun [ C ]

us /temp/ infml
verb [ I ] us /temp/


I temped for a long time.

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"temp" in Business English

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tempnoun [ C ]

uk /temp/ us HR, WORKPLACE

someone who is employed to work for a company or organization for a short time, for example, when a permanent employee is away, or when there is a lot of work:

During busy times, the firm can hire more than 3,000 temps.
She started work as a temp in the London branch of an investment bank in 2009.

tempverb [ I ]

uk /temp/ us HR, WORKPLACE

to work temporarily for a company or organization:

I've just started temping as a secretary for a local company.
How long were you temping before you got a permanent job?

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