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termnoun

uk   /tɜːm/  us   /tɝːm/

term noun (TIME)

[C] the ​fixedperiod of ​time that something ​lasts for: He served a ​short term fordrunkdriving. He was sentenced to a 150-year ​prison term for ​cheating thousands of ​ordinarypeople out of ​theirsavings. The government's term of ​office (= the ​period in which they have ​power)expires at the end of the ​year.A2 [C] 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.US Our ​college has three terms that we ​calltrimesters.UK We're very ​busy in term-​time (= during the term). [C] formal the ​period of ​time that a ​legalagreementlasts for: The ​lease on ​ourhouse is near the end of ​its term. [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 ​expectednumber of ​weeks). a full-term ​pregnancyin the long/medium/short term B2 for a ​long, ​medium, or ​shortperiod of ​time in the ​future: This ​decision will ​cost us more in the ​short term, but will be ​beneficial in the ​long term.
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term noun (DESCRIPTION)

B2 [C] a word or ​expression used in ​relation to a ​particularsubject, often to ​describe something ​official or ​technical: "Without ​let or ​hindrance" is a ​legal term that ​means "​freely".term of abuse an ​unkind or ​unpleasantname to ​call someoneterm of endearment a ​kind or ​friendlyname to ​call someonein terms of/in ... terms B2 used to ​describe which ​particulararea of a ​subject you are ​discussing: In ​financial terms, the ​project was not a ​success. In terms of ​money, I was ​better off in my last ​job.in no uncertain terms C2 in a very ​clear way: She told him what she ​thought of his ​behaviour in no ​uncertain terms (= she made her ​disapproval very ​clear).in strong, etc. terms using ​language that ​clearlyshowsyourfeelings: He ​complained in the ​strongest terms. She ​spoke of his ​achievements in glowing terms (= in a very ​approving way).
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term noun (RULES)

terms B2 [plural]
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the ​conditions that ​control an ​agreement, ​arrangement, or ​activity: terms ofemployment Under the terms oftheircontract, ​employees must give three ​months' ​notice if they ​leave.
on easy terms UK If you ​buy something on ​easy terms, you ​pay for it over a ​period of ​time.on equal terms (also on the same terms) having the same ​rights, ​treatment, etc.: All ​companies will ​compete for the ​governmentcontract on ​equal terms.terms of reference formal the ​matters to which a ​study or ​report is ​limited

termverb [T]

uk   /tɜːm/  us   /tɝːm/
to give something a ​name or to ​describe it with a ​particularexpression: Technically, a ​horse that is ​smaller than 1.5 ​metres at the ​shoulder is termed a ​pony.

-termsuffix

uk   /-tɜːm/  us   /-tɝːm/
long/medium/short-term lasting a ​long/​medium/​shorttime: The ​project will have ​long-termbenefits.
(Definition of term from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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termnoun [C]

 us   /tɜrm/

term noun [C] (TIME)

a ​period of ​time during which something ​lasts: Watson’s term as ​chairmanexpired last ​month. He ​served a ​prison term for robbery. This ​budgetplan 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 ​particularsubject: Erikson is said to have ​coined the term "​identitycrisis." mathematics A term is also any ​number, variable (= ​symbol), or product (= ​result of mutiplying).

termverb [T]

 us   /tɜrm/

term verb [T] ()

to give something a ​name or to ​describe it with a ​particularexpression: None of the ​problems was termed ​serious.
(Definition of term from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"term" in Business English

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termnoun

uk   us   /tɜːm/
[C] the ​period of ​time that something lasts for: Friendly ​societybondsrun for a ​minimum term of 10 ​years. They ​proposed to ​increase the term of ​copyright. The ​currentinterestrate of 7.75% is ​fixed for the term of the ​loan. Conventional ​gilts promise to ​pay a ​fixedincome over a fixed term. The ​policy didn't ​reach its full term.
[C] the ​period of ​time during which someone is in a ​job or ​position, or that a ​government is in ​power: The ​appointments are for a ​fixed term of 12 months. We're in the eighth month of our term of ​office.
[C] FINANCE the ​period of ​time before something becomes ​due for ​payment: They are ​seekingbonds with a term of 10 ​years.
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[C or U] the end of a ​period of ​time, for ​example when an ​agreementends: The ​endowedfund will reach term next ​year.
[C] a word or expression used in relation to a particular ​subject, often for something ​official or ​technical: legal/medical/technical term Labor ​negotiations had ​reached an "​impasse," a ​legal term in ​laborlaw. His favourite word was "​loyal", a ​general term of ​approval. We use the term "​burn-out" to ​mean that they ​grow bored and ​lose the ​drive to ​improve and ​innovate.
[C] one of the ​conditions of an ​agreement, ​arrangement, or ​activity: There may be a term in the ​contract that ​excludes this. We have ​agreedcompensation terms. Employers know that if they do not ​offer attractive terms and ​conditions, they cannot expect to ​recruit the best.under the terms of an agreement/a contract/a deal Under the terms of the ​mergeragreement, the ​company becomes a wholly ​ownedsubsidiary of the larger ​firm.
terms [plural] the ​conditions for ​payment that you ​agree to when you ​buy or ​sell something: Their payment terms are sixty days.on attractive/favourable/good terms The South Africans ​rescheduled Mozambique's ​debt on favourable terms.
be on good/bad/excellent terms (with sb) to have a good, etc. ​relationship with sb: He's on excellent terms with all of the ​salesstaff.
in real terms used to describe the ​reallevel or ​amount of something, when you consider all the things that affect it, especially ​inflation: In the past 10 ​years, ​grossincome has ​increased by 22% in ​real terms. Total ​expenditure will ​rise in ​real terms by 3.3% a ​year.
in ... terms saying something in a particular way: She made her disagreement ​clear, in the ​strongest possible terms. They spoke in glowing terms of his ​achievements.
in terms of sth (also in ... terms) used to describe which particular ​area of a ​subject you are discussing: In terms of ​emissions cleanliness, sugar ethanol is considered ​superior. World-wide, ​stockpricesrose in ​dollar terms. Employees ​evaluate their ​salary not in ​absolute terms but ​relative to their co-workers.
in the long/medium/short term for a ​long, ​medium or ​shortperiod of ​time in the future: In the ​long term, universities will ​cutjobs. The ​businessseeks to do very well in the ​short term and in the ​long term.
on equal terms (with sb/sth) having the same ​rights or getting the same ​treatment as someone else: They ​felt that they were not being ​allowed to ​compete on ​equal terms with ​localcompanies.

termverb [T]

uk   us   /tɜːm/
to use a particular word or expression to describe something: term sth sth The ​CEOspent the past ​year on what he termed "gardening ​leave".term sb sth Some ​people might term her ​mean.term sth as sth He ​sought to ​play down what he termed as "mere ​speculation".
(Definition of term from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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