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noun term pronunciation in American English /tɜrm/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a word or phrase used for referring to something
    a technical/medical/legal/scientific term
    In simple terms, you need more exercise.
    The president condemns terrorism in the strongest possible terms.
    coin a term (=create a new term): Darwin originally coined the term “natural selection.”
    1. a.
      [countable] [often plural] a word or phrase used as a name or for describing someone
      All his teachers speak of him in glowing terms.
      a term of endearment: We called our daughter “Princess” as a term of endearment.
  2. 2


    [plural] used for saying which aspects of something you are considering or including
    In practical terms, this change is unlikely to affect many people.
    in political/economic/artistic terms
    in terms of: The savings, both in terms of time and money, could be considerable.
  3. 3
    [countable] one of the periods of time into which the year is divided for students. In the U.S. a term can be, for example, a year, a semester, or a trimester
    What classes are you taking this term?
    You will be required to take an exam at the end of the term.
    1. a.
      [countable] [usually singular] a period of time during which a government, court, or other official organization regularly meets
      The Supreme Court’s term always begins in October.
  4. 4
    [countable] a period of time during which a politician or other official holds their job
    In 1988 he was reelected for a five-year term.
    term of/in office: Her term of office ends in September.
  5. 5
    [countable] the period of time that someone must spend in prison
    She’s serving a 15-year term.
    prison/jail term: He received a prison term of six months.
  6. 6
    [countable] a period of time that a legal, business, or financial agreement lasts
    Finance costs are collected over the term of the loan.
    fixed term: I was employed on a fixed-term contract of two years.
  7. 7
    [uncountable] medical the end of the period of time that a woman is pregnant
    She worried that she could not carry a child to term.
    a full-term baby/pregnancy
  8. 9


    [plural] the conditions of a legal, business, or financial agreement that the people making it accept
    He had little choice but to accept their terms.
    term of: We have agreed the terms of the lease.
    under the terms of something: Under the terms of the 1947 Constitution, legislative authority is vested in the Assembly.
    terms and conditions: Do you agree to these terms and conditions?
    negotiate terms: He negotiated the terms for their release from prison.
    1. a.
      the conditions you accept when you buy or sell something
      His terms are very reasonable.
      on easy terms (=paying small amounts over a long time): The bank makes loans on easy terms.



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