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tempo-, tempor- (Latin: time, occasion).

Don't confuse this tempo- element with other words that refer to the temples, such as the flattened sides of the forehead or the buildings used for religious worship or services. They simply have no connection with this element.

Existing, occurring, or beginning at the same time or beginning at the same time or during the same period of time as something else; contemporaneity, contemporaneously, contemporaneousness
contemporary, contemporarily, contemporariness:
1. Existing or occurring at, or dating from, the same period of time as something or someone else.
2. In existence now.
3. Distinctively modern in style.
4. Of the same, or approximately the same, age as someone else.
To agree about a point in time; to synchronize.
contemporize, contemporization:
1. To make something modern or fashionable.
2. To place someone or something in the same period as soneone or something else.
3. To fall at the same time; to synchronize.
An unfortunate occurrence, especially an awkward or embarrassing one; literally, "against the time."
1. Performed without any preparation.
2. Prepared in advance but delivered without notes.
3. Speaking without preparation or notes; literally "out of the moment".
In an extemporaneous manner.
1. Arising at the moment, occasional, casual; sudden, unexpected.
2. Made for, or suggested by the occasion; hastily built, framed, prepared, or provided; makeshift.
With little or no preparation.; literally "out of the moment".
The action of speaking, or of composing and executing music, extempore; improvisation; an extempore performance.
extemporize, extemporization, extemporizer:
1. To perform or speak without having made any preparation.
2. To compose or perform a piece of music by improvising.
3. To do or devise something in a makeshift fashion.
pro tempore, pro tem:
At the present time but not permanently. A chairperson pro tem is chairperson pro tempore; that is, to serve until a permanent chairperson is selected.
1. A severe storm with very high winds and often rain, hail, or snow.
2. A severe commotion or disturbance, especially an emotional upheaval.
3. From Latin tempestas, from tempus, "time".

The Latin word originally meant "period of time", which evolved into "weather" and, finally, "storm". Tempus resulted in a neutral condition as "weather", and provided the word for "weather" in modern French (temps), Italian (tempo), Spanish (tiempo), and Romanian (timp).

Other languages whose word for "weather" came from a term originally denoting "time" include Russian (pogodo), Polish (czas), Czech (pocasi), Latvian (laiks), and Breton (amzer).

Dictionary of Word Origins, by John Ayto,
Arcade Publishing, New York, 1990.

1. The speed at which a musical composition or passage is performed.
2. The pace or rate of something.
3. From Latin tempus, "time".
1. Relating to measured time.
2. Connected with life in this world rather than a spiritual life.
3. The quality or state of being connected with time or the world.
For a certain time (only); during a limited time.
1. Lasting for or relating to a limited time; not permanent; transient; made to supply a passing need..
2. Someone who is hired to work in an office or other workplace for a limited time only.
3. Belonging to the present life or this world.
To adopt some course of action for the time or occasion; hence, to adapt oneself or to conform to a time and circumstances;.
Tempora mutantur nos et mutamur in illis:
Times change and we change with them.
Tempori parendum:
One must yield to time or One must keep abreast of the times.
Temporis ars medicina fere est:
Time usually is the best means of healing or Time is a great healer.
tempus fugit:
Time flies.