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 The 2022 midterm elections may provide a test of that. Marc Levy, Star Tribune, "Early warning signs emerge for GOP after US Capitol riots," 11 Jan. 2021 The singer makes a few digs at Trump, all while encouraging American citizens to vote during the midterm elections. Xavier Piedra, Billboard, "41 Times Parody Singer Randy Rainbow Roasted Donald Trump," 10 Jan. 2021 In 2018, with midterm elections on the horizon, Trump made his first presidential appearance before a Hispanic organization. Marcela Valdes, New York Times, "The Fight to Win Latino Voters for the G.O.P.," 24 Nov. 2020 Historically, the party that does not hold the White House makes large gains during midterm elections. Michael Lee, Washington Examiner, "'Probably going to be a bloodbath': Democrats worry about future elections as GOP set to control redistricting," 24 Nov. 2020 Then in 2018, 150 used it in the midterm elections in West Virginia. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "The US will have digital voting sooner than you might expect," 26 Oct. 2020 The approaching midterm elections loomed large on Fox and Twitter. Garrett M. Graff, Wired, "The Furious Hunt for the MAGA Bomber," 12 Aug. 2020 Pelosi, 80, the only woman to hold the speaker’s gavel, faced a mini revolt in 2019 after Democrats regained the House majority in the midterm elections. Billy House, BostonGlobe.com, "Nancy Pelosi again runs for speaker of the House, but now with a slimmer majority and restive Democrats," 3 Jan. 2021 Emboldened Republicans are gunning to retake the majority in next year’s midterm elections and are in no mood to extend an olive branch. Nicholas Fandos, New York Times, "Nancy Pelosi Secures Another Term as Speaker, as Senate Hangs in Balance," 3 Jan. 2021

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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 27 Jan. 2021.

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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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