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noun [C]  us   /tɜrm/

term noun [C] (TIME)

a period of time during which something lasts: Watson’s term as chairman expired last month. He served a prison term for robbery. This budget plan is good for the long term but it hurts in the short term. A term can be one of the periods into which a year is divided at a school or college: I’m taking computer programming during the fall term.

term noun [C] (EXPRESSION)

a word or phrase used in relation to a particular subject: Erikson is said to have coined the term "identity crisis." mathematics A term is also any number, variable (= symbol), or product (= result of mutiplying).

term

verb [T]  us   /tɜrm/

term verb [T] ()

to give something a name or to describe it with a particular expression: None of the problems was termed serious.
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