mid·term | \ˈmid-ˌtərm (usual for sense 1b), -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
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But historically midterms are difficult for the party in power in the White House. Fox News, "Steve Bannon on NATO: Trump is saying 'no more games'," 12 July 2018 The top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Dianne Feinstein of California, agreed, saying that the midterms are only four months away and will determine the composition of the Senate. NBC News, "Dems to McConnell: Vote on Kennedy replacement after midterms, stop the hypocrisy," 27 June 2018 Since midterms are typically more of a straight-up referendum on the president (and are likely to be so even more with a president who dominates the news like this one has), lack of presidential popularity should be a much bigger deal. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Not Very Popular in the Heartland States He Won in 2016," 15 June 2018 This is extremely serious, but even more frightening is the sure knowledge that is this going to continue and is going to occur during the midterm elections and beyond. Fox News, "Alberto Gonzales: WH response to indictments is baffling," 13 July 2018 Would Republicans even consider impeachment, particularly as crucial midterm elections draw near? Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "Curtis Hill scandal threatens his future — and stability in Indiana Statehouse," 8 July 2018 The midterm elections were on the minds of protesters all over the country. latimes.com, "From L.A. to N.Y., hundreds of thousands join nationwide rallies to protest Trump's immigration policies," 1 July 2018 But while Republicans are aiming for speedy action, Democrats quickly argued that any decision should be put on hold until after midterm elections, citing McConnell's 2016 moves. Anchorage Daily News, "Battle lines already being drawn on Kennedy's successor," 28 June 2018 Republicans held their state convention last week in San Antonio, pointing out the need to keep the state red in the midterm election this November. Anna M. Tinsley, star-telegram, "Republicans to Texas Democrats: RIP," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of midterm

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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English Language Learners Definition of midterm

: an examination given at the middle of a school term

: the middle of a school term

: the middle of a term of office

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