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year

noun uk   /jɪər/ us    /jɪr/
A1 [C] a period of twelve months, especially from 1 January to 31 December: Annette worked in Italy for two years. 1988 was one of the worst years of my life. We went to Egypt on holiday last year. At this time of year the beaches are almost deserted. This species keeps its leaves all (the) year (round) (= through the year). [C] a period of twelve months relating to a particular activity: The financial/tax year begins in April. A2 [C] the part of the year, in a school or university, during which courses are taught: the academic/school year She's now in her final/first/second year at Manchester University. [C, + sing/pl verb] UK a group of students who start school, college, university, or a course together: Kathy was in the year above me at college.
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