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noun season pronunciation in American English /ˈsiz(ə)n/
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  1. 1
    [countable] one of the four periods into which the year is divided according to the weather

    My mood is often affected by the season of the year.

    She likes to paint the changing seasons in the garden.

  2. 2
    [countable] a period of the year when a particular sport is played

    The baseball season starts next week.

    Johnson had three good seasons at the club before moving on.

    1. a.
      a period of the year when a sport that involves catching or killing animals is allowed
      the hunting/fishing season:

      The trout fishing season has come to an end.

  3. 3
    [singular] a period of time when a series of movies or television programs are shown

    the season for showing reruns on TV

    1. a.
      a period of time during which a play or a series of plays is performed

      The new season at the Civic Theater offers a mix of shows.

  4. 4
    [singular] a period of the year when most people take a vacation
    the vacation/tourist season:

    It’s the peak of the vacation season, so the roads will be crowded.

  5. 5
    [singular] a period of the year when a particular type of weather is expected in some regions of the world
    the dry/rainy season:

    It should be well into the dry season when we arrive.

  6. 6
    [singular] a time when plants grow, or when they produce flowers or fruit
    the growing season:

    Tomato plants need to be watered regularly during the growing season.

  7. 7
    [singular] a period of the year when animals are sexually active
    the breeding/mating season:

    We studied the behavior of toads during the breeding season.

  8. 8
    [singular] a period of time when a particular event takes place

    This topic will doubtless be debated throughout the election season.



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