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noun year pronunciation in American English /jɪr/
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singularyear
pluralyears
  1. 1
    [countable] a period of 365 days, or 366 in a leap year, divided into 12 months
    He lived in Paris for a few years.
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    1. a.
      used about a particular period of time, beginning on January 1 and ending on December 31, or between the first and last dates on some other calendar
      We’re hoping to sell the house by the end of the year.
      last/next year (=the year before or after the present year): Profits are lower than last year.
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    2. b.
      used about the period during which an institution operates, or about the system that it uses for dividing time
      the financial/fiscal/tax year: a budget for the fiscal year 2002
      the first weeks of the new school year
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    3. c.
      used for talking about age
      Their son is only five years old.
  2. 2

    years

    [plural] used about a particular period of time in history
    Conditions were very different in the postwar years (=the period after the war).
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    1. a.
      a very long time
      It wasn’t until years later that I realized how foolish I’d been.
      for years: He hasn’t been back to the country for years.
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