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"semifinal" in British English

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semifinalnoun [ C usually plural ]

uk /ˌsem.iˈfaɪ.nəl/ us /ˌsem.iˈfaɪ.nəl/ informal semi

B2 one of the two games that are played to decide who will take part in the final game of a competition:

Who's in the semifinals?
She's the youngest player ever to get through to/advance to a semifinal.

More examples

  • The semifinal will be played on Saturday.
  • They're through to the semifinal.
  • She's done really well to reach the semifinal.
  • England were beaten 3-0 by France in the semifinal.
  • She was knocked out in the semifinal.

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

"semifinal" in American English

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semifinalnoun [ C ]

us /ˈsem·ɪˌfɑɪ·nəl/ short form semi

the game or set of games before the final game in a competition:

France was eliminated in Saturday’s semifinal.

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