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English definition of “year”

year

noun [C]     /jɪər/
(also calendar year) a period of 365 or 366 days , starting on January 1st and ending on December 31st: The project took five years to complete . last/next/this year the following / previous year
a period of twelve months relating to a particular activity : He earns $68,000 a year.
years a long time : It's taken years to get funding for the project . He's been doing the same job for years.
of the year a thing or person of the year is one that has been chosen as the best in a particular area or activity for that year: She won the Business Woman of the Year award in 2010.
year after year every year for a long period : The fund produces terrific results year after year.
year by year if something increases , develops , etc. year by year, it happens each year over a period of time : Savers should monitor their funds year by year. Credit card fraud is still increasing on a year-by-year basis .
year in, year out if something happens year in, year out, it has been happening for a while and is expected to continue in the same way: Investors should choose a fund that does consistently well year in, year out.
→ See also amount falling due after one year, amount falling due within one year, beginning of year, end-of-year, financial year, fiscal year, tax year, year-ago, year end, year-on-year, year-over-year, year to date
(Definition of year noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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