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verb [transitive] [often passive] term pronunciation in British English /tɜː(r)m/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleterming
past tensetermed
past participletermed
  1. to use a particular word or phrase to describe or refer to someone or something
    One critic termed him ‘the finest essayist in the United States’.
    Some of our victories this season could be termed lucky.


… a feeling of pleasure you get from spending time doing what you want and not worrying about what other people are doing or saying

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