mid·​term ˈmid-ˌtərm (usual for sense 1b) How to pronounce midterm (audio)
: the middle of an academic term
: an examination at midterm
: 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 In the 2022 midterm elections, the former outspent the latter by a factor of over 45. Brady Knox, Washington Examiner, 20 Nov. 2023 Pelosi, 83, suffered a skull fracture after being struck in the head with a hammer during the early morning attack on Oct. 28, 2022, which occurred just days before the midterm elections, police said. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 16 Nov. 2023 Republicans, upon regaining control of the House and its committees in last year’s midterm elections, have opened numerous investigations into Biden’s border policies and have called Mayorkas to testify before committees eight times this year. Sara Dorn, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 Subsequent elections, especially the midterm years of 2010 and 2014, in which the GOP made large gains in Congress, suggested that things weren’t going to be so simple. Barton Swaim, WSJ, 10 Nov. 2023 The GOP paid a political price in last year’s midterm elections; Tuesday’s results showed the cost is continuing and could rise further next year. David Lauter, Los Angeles Times, 10 Nov. 2023 In that time, Youngkin is the only governor whose party lost control of a chamber during midterm elections. Gregory S. Schneider, Washington Post, 9 Nov. 2023 In an otherwise disappointing midterm election in 2022, Republican victories in the suburbs of the nation’s largest city secured the party its narrow control of the House. Jonathan Weisman, New York Times, 9 Nov. 2023 Democrats notched several victories during the 2023 off-year elections, building on the party’s momentum from the 2022 midterm elections and dashing Republicans’ hopes to advance their conservative agendas in a handful of states. Cami Mondeaux, Washington Examiner, 8 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of midterm was in the 15th century

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“Midterm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/midterm. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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