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term

noun (TIME)    /tɜːm/ US  /tɝːm/
[C] the fixed period of time that something lasts for: He received a prison term for drunk driving. The government's term of office (= the period in which they have power) expires at the end of the year.Periods of time - general words A2 [C] mainly UK one of the periods into which a year is divided at school, college, or university: In Britain, the spring term starts in January and ends just before Easter. We're very busy in term-time (= during the term). → Compare quarter, semesterSchools in generalUniversity and college education [C] formal the period of time that a legal agreement lasts for: The lease on our house is near the end of its term.Periods of time - general words [U] specialized biology the end of a pregnancy when a baby is expected to be born: Her last pregnancy went to term (= the baby was born after the expected number of weeks). a full-term pregnancyPregnancyBirth in the long/medium/short term B2 for a long, medium, or short period of time in the future: Taking this decision will cost us more in the short term, but will be beneficial in the long term.In the future and soon
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