annual

adjective
an·​nu·​al | \ ˈan-yə(-wə)l How to pronounce annual (audio) , -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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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

By some estimates, animal agriculture accounts for roughly half of annual emissions around the globe, and by all accounts, cutting down on meat is one of the simplest and most effective ways for humans to combat the climate crisis. Kate Wheeling, The New Republic, "Jonathan Safran Foer on Our Moral Obligation to Eat Better," 17 Sep. 2019 Gorton Community Center’s fourth annual Block Party drew more than 400 people for food, balloon art, dancing and classical music performances and a screening of a Spider Man movie. Denys Bucksten, chicagotribune.com, "Block party shows off Gorton center in Lake Forest," 16 Sep. 2019 After being pushed by inclement weather into mid-October for a one-day event, this year’s 36th annual Maryland Wine Festival is set for this weekend, Sept. 21-22, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 11-5 on Sunday. Akira Kyles, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Maryland Wine Festival returning to usual spot on calendar with new offerings, but missing ‘Mr. Wine Festival’," 16 Sep. 2019 Colagreco’s Mirazur restaurant in Menton, France, was recently named No. 1 in the world in an annual culinary competition. Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, "Fort Lauderdale lineup cut in half for SoBe Wine & Food Fest, while Palm Beach presence grows," 16 Sep. 2019 Dean was one of 500 people selected for the National Down Syndrome Society’s annual Times Square Video presentation on September 14. Lily Jackson | Ljackson@al.com, al, "Mobile man featured in Down Syndrome Awareness video above Times Square," 15 Sep. 2019 Eric Palicia ran side by side in the first heat of the 2nd annual Alpha Warrior Inter-Service Battle between teams from the Air Force, Army and Navy. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "Airmen, soldiers and sailors competed in San Antonio against each other in the 2nd annual Alpha Warrior Inter-Service Battle.," 14 Sep. 2019 The country is likely to see a 10 million ton pork deficit this year, more than the roughly 8 million tons in annual global trade, according to Vice Premier Hu Chunhua. Fortune, "China Halts Tariffs on Farm Products From States Key to 2020 Election Ahead of U.S. Trade Talks," 13 Sep. 2019 Former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos and his wife, Simona Mangiante, will be in La Cañada Sunday afternoon for the Glendale-Burbank Republican Assembly’s 80th annual summer party. Sara Cardine, La Cañada Valley Sun, "Area Republicans to host former Trump aide Papadopoulos in La Cañada event," 11 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Also, tulips prefer a dry bed during their summer dormancy, so plant them with other perennials and annuals to help them from getting too wet. Arricca Elin Sansone, House Beautiful, "How to Plant Tulips and Get Them to Thrive," 25 July 2019 As with many annuals, removing the flower heads can encourage basil plants to produce additional shoots. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, "Let healthy cherry tomato plants continue to produce," 24 Aug. 2019 Thousands upon thousands of trees, shrubs, annuals and perennials mix with unique tropicals in expansive combinations. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Need summer plant inspiration? Here are 4 beautiful gardens to visit near Louisville," 5 July 2019 Instead, plant shade-tolerant annuals such as begonias and impatiens in containers and set the containers among the ground cover plants. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, "Ditch the grass — here are some better ground covering options for those shady spots under trees," 28 Aug. 2019 Indianapolis’ extended rainy season has taken a toll on a lot of plants, especially annuals. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: Some plants hard to find this spring," 13 June 2019 To help get Kamm’s Corners looking its best, volunteers are needed to help plant annuals and clean up streetscape planter boxes beginning at 10 a.m. June 8. Carol Kovach, cleveland.com, "Fairview Fleafest to set up shop on June 8: A Place in the Sun," 4 June 2019 But others are considered biennials (they last two years), so they’re treated like annuals and replanted every year. Arricca Elin Sansone, House Beautiful, "How to Plant Black-Eyed Susans," 8 Aug. 2019 First, remove any plants that are well past their prime, usually the spring blooming annuals. Karen Dardick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Summer blooms that can take the heat," 18 July 2019

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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 and Noun

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

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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 How to pronounce annual (audio) \

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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