midterm

noun
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
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Recent Examples on the Web Democrats dominated the 2018 midterm in this county and have every reason to expect that a presidential-year turnout will bring more of the same. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Warring Bexar County Dems could be headed for truce," 7 Dec. 2019 Getting involved earlier New York's only female Republican in the House, Elise Stefanik, launched a political action committee, called E-PAC, after the midterms to recruit and support Republican women running for office. Aaron Navarro, CBS News, "After midterm losses, Republicans ramp up efforts to elect more women to Congress," 27 Nov. 2019 Then came the 2018 midterms and a new wave of Democratic -candidates—most prominently, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York—questioning capitalism–as–capitalism in a way that seemed unfamiliar and fresh. Anand Giridharadas, Time, "How America’s Elites Lost Their Grip," 21 Nov. 2019 Huge turnouts started with Virginia’s statewide elections in 2017 and continued through the 2018 midterms and the 2019 odd-year slate. Washington Post, "2019 Takeaways: Suburb shift, high turnout and ‘Socialism!’," 18 Nov. 2019 House Republicans lost five seats—the first time since 1934 that the party controlling the White House added seats in a midterm—while Democrats won unlikely governors’ races, such as Alabama and South Carolina. The Economist, "Democrats want impeachment hearings to change opinions on Donald Trump," 14 Nov. 2019 Vulnerable House Democrats got hammered by Republicans for supporting the complex bill, and dozens of them lost their seats in the subsequent 2010 midterms. BostonGlobe.com, "Markey set to discuss climate with Liss-Riordan - The Boston Globe," 11 Nov. 2019 But there’s little doubt Tuesday’s outcome is a warning to Republicans across the nation a year out from the 2020 election and a year after the 2018 midterms: The suburbs are still moving in the wrong direction. Steve People, The Denver Post, "Analysis: Trump’s GOP has no answer for suburban slide," 6 Nov. 2019 But there’s little doubt Tuesday’s outcome is a warning to Republicans across the nation a year out from the 2020 election and a year after the 2018 midterms: The suburbs are still moving in the wrong direction. Steve Peoples, Twin Cities, "Analysis: Trump’s GOP has no answer for suburban slide," 6 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of midterm

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Midterm.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/midterm. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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midterm

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English Language Learners Definition of midterm

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: 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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