adj 1: serving during an intermediate interval of time; "an interim agreement" n 1: the time between one event, process, or period and another; "meanwhile the socialists are running the government" [syn: interim, meantime, meanwhile, lag]
n., adj., & adv. --n. the intervening time (in the interim he had died). --adj. intervening; provisional, temporary. --adv. archaic meanwhile. Phrases and idioms: interim dividend a dividend declared on the basis of less than a full year's results. Etymology: L, as INTER- + adv. suffix -im
Interim In"ter*im, n. [L., fr. inter between + im, an old accusative of is he, this, that.] 1. The meantime; time intervening; interval between events, etc. All the interim is Like a phantasms, or a hideous dream. --Shak. 2. (Hist.) A name given to each of three compromises made by the emperor Charles V. of Germany for the sake of harmonizing the connecting opinions of Protestants and Catholics.
Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English. 1. Interim is used to describe something that is intended to be used until something permanent is done or established. She was sworn in as head of an interim government in March....an interim report.ADJ: ADJ n 2. In the interim means until a particular thing happens or until a particular thing happened. (FORMAL) But, in the interim, we obviously have a duty to maintain law and order...PHRASE: PHR with cl