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"temporary" in British English

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temporaryadjective

uk   /ˈtem.pər.ər.i/ /-prər-/  us   /-pə.rer.i/
B1 not ​lasting or ​needed for very ​long: The ​ceasefire will only ​provide a temporary ​solution to the ​crisis. temporary ​staff

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temporarily
adverb uk   /-pər.er.ɪ.li/  us   /-pə.rer.ɪ.li/

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B2 This ​office is ​closed temporarily for ​redecoration.
(Definition of temporary from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"temporary" in American English

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temporaryadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈtem·pəˌrer·i/
not ​lasting or ​permanent: a temporary ​condition a temporary ​contract
temporarily
adverb [not gradable]  us   /ˌtem·pəˈrer·ə·li/
The ​player was temporarily ​suspended from the ​tournament.
(Definition of temporary from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"temporary" in Business English

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temporaryadjective

uk   us   /ˈtempərəri/
not lasting or needed for a ​longtime: Renting ​space in another ​officebuilding is only a temporary ​measure.
a temporary ​job or ​contract lasts only for a ​shortperiod of ​time: According to the ​report, over 6% of the ​labourforce are ​working on a temporary ​basis. temporary ​jobs/​contracts/​work
a temporary ​worker is ​employed only for a ​shortperiod of ​time: The temporary ​team will be looking to ​resolveconflicts among relevant ​executives. temporary ​workers/​staff
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(Definition of temporary from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “temporary”
in Korean 임시의…
in Arabic مُؤَقَّت…
in Malaysian sementara…
in French temporaire…
in Russian временный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 短暫的, 暫時的,臨時的…
in Italian temporaneo, provvisorio…
in Turkish geçici…
in Polish tymczasowy…
in Spanish temporal…
in Vietnamese tạm thời…
in Portuguese temporário, provisório…
in Thai ชั่วคราว…
in German einstweilig…
in Catalan temporal, provisional…
in Japanese 臨時の, 一時的な…
in Chinese (Simplified) 短暂的, 暂时的,临时的…
in Indonesian sementara…
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