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lasting, existing, serving, or effective for a time only; not permanent:
a temporary need; a temporary job.
noun, plural temporaries.
an office worker hired, usually through an agency on a per diem basis, for a short period of time.
not permanent; provisional: temporary accommodation
lasting only a short time; transitory: temporary relief from pain
noun (pl) -raries
a person, esp a secretary or other office worker, employed on a temporary basis Often shortened to temp


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