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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In the lead-up to the midterm elections, Trump baselessly accused Soros of paying protesters who disrupted the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Aaron Rupar, Vox, "Republican congressman spreads anti-Semitic Soros conspiracy theory with impunity on Fox Business," 6 Dec. 2018 In this year's midterm elections, New Yorkers elected Letitia James to become the first black woman in state history to fill the role. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "Hospitals Billed Sexual Assault Survivors for Rape Kits. Now They're Paying the Price.," 29 Nov. 2018 Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley's defeat of Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in the 2018 midterm elections earlier this month was a big deal from almost any point of view. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Newly elected Republican senator could be Google’s fiercest critic," 24 Nov. 2018 Christina Animashaun/Vox Democrats won full control of governments in New York, Illinois, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, and Maine in the midterm elections — meaning that, at least theoretically, the party can enact its own agenda. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Democrats won 6 more state governments. New Jersey shows what they can do.," 21 Nov. 2018 In 2011, after Democrats lost the majority in the 2010 midterm election, 19 Democrats voted present or for a candidate other than her. Joshua Jamerson, WSJ, "How Can Nancy Pelosi Become Speaker? Five Questions and Answers," 21 Nov. 2018 That could be part of a much bigger push to confront the Trump Administration as Democrats prepare to take over the House thanks to this month’s midterm election wins. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "When Will Ivanka Trump Stop Getting Excused for Screwing Up?," 20 Nov. 2018 But last week's midterm election gave Democrats a sizable majority in the House. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Dems to probe whether Trump retaliated against CNN, Washington Post," 12 Nov. 2018 Jessica McGowan / Getty Images Democrats took back the House while Republicans built on their majority in the Senate in one of the hardest-fought, most expensive midterm elections in U.S. history. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Democrats take the House, San Francisco votes for a homelessness tax on big business," 7 Nov. 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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