Meaning of “annual” in the English Dictionary

"annual" in British English

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annualadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˈæn.ju.əl/ us /ˈæn.ju.əl/

B1 happening once every year:

an annual event/visit/holiday
Companies publish annual reports to inform the public about the previous year's activities.

B1 relating to a period of one year:

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  • They spent their annual holiday on a yacht in the Caribbean.
  • The flowers at the annual flower show were a beautiful sight.
  • The average annual rainfall in this region is 750 mm.
  • The government have just launched their annual Christmas campaign to stop drunken driving.
  • You will receive annual pay increments every September.

annualnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈæn.ju.əl/ us /ˈæn.ju.əl/

(Definition of “annual” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"annual" in American English

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annualadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈæn·ju·əl/

annual adjective [ not gradable ] (ONE YEAR)

of or for a period of one year:

an annual salary
annual rainfall
Our annual costs have risen steadily.

annualnoun [ C ]

us /ˈæn·ju·əl/

annual noun [ C ] (PLANT)

a plant that grows, produces seeds, and dies within one year

annual noun [ C ] (ONE YEAR)

a publication appearing once a year:

the “Sports Illustrated” college football annual

(Definition of “annual” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"annual" in Business English

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annualadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˈænjuəl/ us

happening once every year, or relating to a period of one year:

annual event/visit/holiday The group hopes to turn the seminar into an annual event.
annual income/salary/profit She has an annual income of over €200,000.
It is a food and agriculture company with $1 billion or more in annual sales.
The rise takes the annual rate of inflation to 1.6%.
The Board approved a 7% increase in the annual dividend on the company's common stock, from $1.80 to $1.92 per share.

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(Definition of “annual” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)