- (UK) enPR: tûrm, IPA: /tɜːm/, SAMPA: /t3:m/
- (US) enPR: tûrm, IPA: /tɝm/, SAMPA: /t3`m/
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- (countable) A term is a word or group of words, usually one with a special meaning in a particular field or area.
- They didn't know the meaning of the technical terms the doctor was using.
- What is the definition of this term?
- At age 10, she only knew that it was a term of abuse, a swear word.
- She spoke in glowing terms about the progress they had made.
- (plural) You use "in terms of" to introduce a topic or subject.
- Simply spending more money is not useful in terms of getting people back to work.
- In terms of both numbers of people and size, California is one of the largest States in America.
- (plural) If you talk about something in general/economic/human, etc. terms, you talk about it from that point of view.
- The changes are great in dollar terms, but the human cost is too high.
- (countable) A term is a period of time.
- The President of Mexico is limited to serving a single term of six years.
- He faces a maximum prison term of 15 years and $8.5 million in fines
- The price may be up and down, but over the long term it will certainly rise.
- The period of employment comes to term in three years.
- She carried the baby to term.
- (countable) A term is one of the times of year when school classes are held, usually September to December and January to April or June, also June to August.
- (countable) (mathematics) A term is a number or symbol in a formula.
- The equation only worked when we included an extra constant term.
- (plural) If you compare money or numbers in real terms, you compare the value on an equal basis.
- Today we are paying less for gasoline in real terms than we have at any time since 1918.
- Although the absolute number of trucking accidents is up slightly, they are down 10 percent in the decade in real terms .
- (plural) If you come to terms with something that is not nice, you accept it.
- He hasn't come to terms with the fact that she's not coming back.
- (usually plural) (law) The terms of a contract or purchase are its rules, conditions and limits.
- The company has announced generally agreement on a new contract though the exact terms still have to be worked out.
- Under the terms of the purchase, we get the house on July 14th.
- (plural) If two or more people or groups are on good/equal/bad etc. terms, they have a relationship that is good/equal/bad etc.
- (plural) If two or more people or groups are on speaking terms, they are not close but do speak to each other.
- (transitive) If you term something a particular name or description, you give that name or description to it.
- The 1980s have been termed "The Forgotten Decade" by rock fans.
- White House Spokesman Marlin Fitzwater termed the GNP growth "moderately healthy".
- For lack of a better word, you might term it a police state.