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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The shooting inspired a wave of activism, leading to the March for Our Lives in Washington, DC, and new activism for gun control around the 2018 midterm elections. German Lopez, Vox, "I’ve covered gun violence for years. The solutions aren’t a big mystery.," 14 Feb. 2019 What's more, Megyn was allegedly in talks with network executives prior to the scandal to do more political coverage, including reporting on the midterm elections. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "What's Going to Happen to Megyn Kelly Now That NBC Canceled Her 'Today' Hour?," 6 Nov. 2018 Henson, of the Texas Political Project, said Texas records show that about 2.8 million Republicans voted in midterm Senate races in 2010 and 2014, compared with about 1.9 million Democrats. Billy House, The Seattle Times, "‘Lyin’ Ted’ gets visit from ‘Sleazy Donald’ with Texas rally; will it help or hurt?," 22 Oct. 2018 Ocasio-Cortez, a Democratic Socialist and stand-out winner from the 2018 midterms, has been a fixture in conservative media coverage of the new Congress. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Responded to Right Wing Outrage About Her Dancing with a New Dancing Video," 4 Jan. 2019 Seeking to excite top donors ahead of the 2020 presidential campaign, the Democratic National Committee gave a platform Tuesday to the party’s rising stars, including winners and one notable loser from the November midterms. Bill Barrow, The Seattle Times, "Top Democratic donors hear from rising stars ahead of 2020," 12 Dec. 2018 The exit polls from the 2018 midterms don’t give us the whole story. Treva B. Lindsey, Vox, "The betrayal of white women voters: in pivotal state races, they still backed the GOP," 9 Nov. 2018 Here are more historic firsts from the midterms; here’s why this win for women isn’t just a symbolic victory. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Trump’s first post-midterms move: Dump Attorney General Jeff Sessions," 8 Nov. 2018 Just Thursday Heitkamp, North Dakota's former attorney general, came out against confirming Trump’s controversial Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, potentially riling voters a month out from the November 6 midterms. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp Arm-Wrestles in New Campaign Ad," 5 Oct. 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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