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Definition of short-term adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[usually before noun] lasting a short time; designed only for a short period of time in the future a short-term loan to find work on a short-term contract short-term plans a short-term solution to the problem His short-term memory (= the ability to remember things that happened a short time ago) is failing. compare long-term
  2. 2[only before noun] (of a place) where you only stay for a short time a short-term parking garage short-term patients (= who only stay in a hospital for a short time)
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