mid·​term | \ ˈmid-ˌtərm (usual for sense 1b) How to pronounce midterm (audio) , -ˈtərm \

Definition of midterm

1a : the middle of an academic term
b : an examination at midterm
2 : the approximate middle of a term of office

Examples of midterm in a Sentence

The students will be busy taking midterms next week. He dropped the course before midterm. assessing the President's performance at midterm
Recent Examples on the Web Though the midterm elections come first, planning is already underway in many states for 2023 legislative sessions, during which inflation is likely to remain a top challenge. Patrick Gleason, Forbes, 16 June 2022 Former President Donald Trump once again takes center stage in Tuesday's midterm primary elections, as voters decide for whom to cast their ballot in Maine, South Carolina, Nevada, and North Dakota. Brigid Kennedy, The Week, 14 June 2022 While many ways out of his control, the rapidly rising cost of goods is weighing on Americans' wallets and proving to be a major political liability for Biden and Democrats heading into this fall's midterm elections. Ben Gittleson, ABC News, 14 June 2022 Most experts believe that the bill’s chances of passage before the midterm elections are extremely slim. Andrew R. Chow, Time, 7 June 2022 May primaries are in the rear view mirror, snd this fall's midterm elections are right around the corner. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 31 May 2022 Insurers typically begin informing consumers of premium prices for the next year in October, just as early voting for the midterm elections gets under way. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, 31 May 2022 High inflation is also posing a political threat to President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress as midterm elections draw near. Paul Wiseman, Chicago Tribune, 26 May 2022 The mandates come as President Joe Biden battles record-high gasoline prices, climbing food costs and inflationary pressures that threaten the U.S. economic recovery as well as Democrats’ grip on Congress after the November midterm elections. Jennifer A. Dlouhy And Kim Chipman, Anchorage Daily News, 4 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of midterm

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Midterm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/midterm. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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