annual

adjective
an·​nu·​al | \ˈan-yə(-wə)l, -yü-əl\

Definition of annual 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : covering the period of a year annual rainfall annual income

2 : occurring or happening every year or once a year : yearly an annual reunion an annual physical checkup

3 : completing the life cycle in one growing season or single year annual plants

annual

noun

Definition of annual (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an event that occurs yearly

2 : a publication appearing yearly the high-school annual

3 : something that lasts one year or season specifically : a plant that completes its life cycle in one growing season

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Other Words from annual

Adjective

annually adverb

Examples of annual in a Sentence

Adjective

The annual meeting is in July. The company's earnings for last year are published in the annual report. We had more snow this year than the average annual amount. The company charges an annual fee of $45.

Noun

We planted some annuals in front of the house.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

For years, Amazon allowed employees to ask questions in person at these semi-annual gatherings, but the company has instituted a new policy that requires all questions to be submitted in advance of Thursday’s meeting. Jason Del Rey, Recode, "Amazon employees hope to confront Jeff Bezos about law enforcement deals at an all-staff meeting," 5 Nov. 2018 But for the first time in 36 years, the cost of the retirement program was projected to exceed its annual income in 2018, meaning reserves will be tapped to pay benefits. Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar, The Seattle Times, "Help Wanted: Overseers for Social Security and Medicare," 1 Oct. 2018 According to marketing and branding consultant Gordon Hendren in a recent Vice News report, the hip-hop icon's influence is responsible for about 5 percent of the city's $8.8 billion total annual tourism income. Colin Stutz, Billboard, "Drake Is Responsible for 5% of Toronto's Tourism Economy, Expert Finds," 6 July 2018 Residents 65 and older with an annual income of $31,500 or less, may apply for a discount of 43 percent off their water and sewer rates. Lauren Lumpkin, baltimoresun.com, "Water rates in Baltimore City jump 9.4 percent, third consecutive rate hike in as many years," 2 July 2018 It is said that De Gea's gross annual income from his new contract will total €21m (£18.4m). SI.com, "REVEALED: The Numbers Behind the New Deal Which Will Make De Gea the Highest Paid GK in the World," 19 June 2018 For students interested in life after graduation, Google provides the typical annual income 10 years after enrollment in the college. Jonathan Sperling, Fortune, "Google Search Can Now Help You Choose a 4-Year College," 13 June 2018 Those who were unaware were generally younger, Southern, married, and more likely to report an annual income of $100,000 or more. Britni Danielle, Essence.com, "This Survey Reveals What Men Really Think About #MeToo," 4 June 2018 The damage surpassed $306 billion, far beyond the previous U.S. annual record cost of $214 billion. Jason Pohl, azcentral, "Fires, floods, hurricanes: Disaster experts weigh ‘new normal’," 14 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For containers that remain attractive all summer long, look for warm-weather annuals that bloom all summer or have foliage that remains attractive. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Container Gardening," 13 Aug. 2018 Change out the pot with fall annuals, mums, grasses and other cool-season flowers. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: Plant your red, white and blue," 3 July 2018 Roses, peonies, lilies, tomatoes and many other annuals, perennials, shrubs and vegetables may turn yellow, wilt and die if juglone is in the soil, Taylor says. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, "Many plants die when grown near black walnut trees. These are the ones that survive.," 20 June 2018 Choosing plants First, look for annuals that have been branded as superior performers, especially among petunias, calibrachoas and verbenas. Adrian Higgins, sacbee, "Container culture – these pots do lots | The Sacramento Bee," 11 May 2018 Garden centers would be thrilled to sell summer annuals this time of year. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: Plant your red, white and blue," 3 July 2018 Their chief enemy is frost, so they are considered annuals in temperate climates. Maureen Gilmer, sacbee, "For gorgeous blooms in the summer heat, you can’t beat lantanas," 22 June 2018 Opt for annuals in a variety of summertime hues that can be potted quickly and easily. Detroit Free Press, "It’s all in the details: Get the outdoors ready for Memorial Day," 23 May 2018 Fox Point Lutheran Church: Garden and Bake Sale, features perennials, annuals and hanging baskets, 9 a.m.-noon May 19, 7520 N. Santa Monica, Fox Point. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What's going on in Milwaukee this week: May 18-24," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of annual

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for annual

Adjective

Middle English, from Anglo-French & Late Latin; Anglo-French annuel, from Late Latin annualis, blend of Latin annuus yearly (from annus year) and Latin annalis yearly (from annus year); probably akin to Goth athnam (dative plural) years, Sanskrit atati he walks, goes

Noun

see annual entry 1

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annual

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of annual

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: happening once a year

: covering the period of a year

of a plant : living for only one year or season : having a life cycle that is one year or season long

annual

noun

English Language Learners Definition of annual (Entry 2 of 2)

: a plant that lives for only one year or season

: a book or magazine that is published once a year

annual

adjective
an·​nu·​al | \ˈan-yə-wəl \

Kids Definition of annual

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : coming, happening, done, made, or given once a year The library holds an annual book sale.

2 : completing the life cycle in one growing season annual plants

Other Words from annual

annually adverb She visits her aunt annually.

annual

noun

Kids Definition of annual (Entry 2 of 2)

: an annual plant

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