Definition of temp verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

temp

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//temp//
 
; NAmE NAmE//temp//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they temp
BrE BrE//temp//
 
; NAmE NAmE//temp//
 
he / she / it temps
BrE BrE//temps//
 
; NAmE NAmE//temps//
 
past simple temped
BrE BrE//tempt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//tempt//
 
past participle temped
BrE BrE//tempt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//tempt//
 
-ing form temping
BrE BrE//ˈtempɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtempɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive] (informal) to do a temporary job or a series of temporary jobs I've been temping for an employment agency. a temping job CollocationsJobsGetting a job look for work look for/​apply for/​go for a job get/​pick up/​complete/​fill out/ (British English) fill in an application (form) send/​email your (British English) CV/(North American English) résumé/application/​application form/​covering letter be called for/​have/​attend an interview offer somebody a job/​work/​employment/​promotion find/​get/​land a job employ/ (especially North American English) hire/​recruit/ (especially British English) take on staff/​workers/​trainees recruit/​appoint a managerDoing a job arrive at/​get to/​leave work/​the office/​the factory start/​finish work/​your shift do/​put in/​work overtime have/​gain/​get/​lack/​need experience/​qualifications do/​get/​have/​receive training learn/​pick up/​improve/​develop (your) skills cope with/​manage/​share/​spread the workload improve your/​achieve a better work-life balance have (no) job satisfaction/​job securityBuilding a career have a job/​work/​a career/​a vocation find/​follow/​pursue/ (especially North American English) live (out) your vocation enter/​go into/​join a profession choose/​embark on/​start/​begin/​pursue a career change jobs/​profession/​career be/ (both especially British English) work/​go freelance do/​take on temp work/​freelance work do/​be engaged in/​be involved in voluntary workLeaving your job leave/ (especially North American English) quit/​resign from your job give up work/​your job/​your career hand in your notice/​resignation plan to/​be due to retire in June/​next year, etc. take early retirement Word Originverb 1930s (originally US): abbreviation.
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