Meaning of YEAR in English


Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English.


A ~ is a period of twelve months or 365 or 366 days, beginning on the first of January and ending on the thirty-first of December.

The ~ was 1840...

We had an election last ~.

...the number of people on the planet by the ~ 2050.


see also leap ~


A ~ is any period of twelve months.

The museums attract more than two and a half million visitors a ~...

She’s done quite a bit of work this past ~...

The school has been empty for ten ~s.



Year is used to refer to the age of a person. For example, if someone or something is twenty ~s old or twenty ~s of age, they have lived or existed for twenty ~s.

He’s 58 ~s old...

I’ve been in trouble since I was eleven ~s of age...

This column is ten ~s old today.

N-COUNT: num N adj/prep


A school ~ or academic ~ is the period of time in each twelve months when schools or universities are open and students are studying there. In Britain and the United States, the school ~ starts in September.

...the 1990/91 academic ~...

The twins didn’t have to repeat their second ~ at school.

N-COUNT: usu adj/ord N


You can refer to someone who is, for example, in their first ~ at school or university as a first ~. (BRIT)

The first ~s and second ~s got a choice of French, German and Spanish.

N-COUNT: ord N


A financial or business ~ is an exact period of twelve months which businesses or institutions use as a basis for organizing their finances. (BUSINESS)

He announced big tax increases for the next two financial ~s...

The company admits it will make a loss for the ~ ending September.

N-COUNT: with supp


You can use ~s to emphasize that you are referring to a long time.

I haven’t laughed so much in ~s...

It took me ~s to fully recover...

= age

N-PLURAL emphasis


see also calendar ~ , fiscal ~


If something happens ~ after ~, it happens regularly every ~.

Regulars return ~ after ~...

PHRASE: PHR after v


If something changes ~ by ~, it changes gradually each ~.

This problem has increased ~ by ~...

The department has been shrinking ~ by ~ because of budget cuts.

PHRASE: PHR after v


If you say something happens all ~ round or all the ~ round, it happens continually throughout the ~.

Town gardens are ideal because they produce flowers nearly all ~ round...

Drinking and driving is a problem all the ~ round.

PHRASE: PHR after v, PHR with cl


donkey’s ~s: see donkey

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