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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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 Chicago held their march in October to drum up enthusiasm for the midterms elections and will not be holding an additional march on January 19. Kaylen Ralph, Teen Vogue, "Women's March 2019: Everything You Need to Know," 9 Jan. 2019 Their diversity is a reflection of a record-shattering midterm election season, where women and candidates of diverse backgrounds won major victories and helped Democrats reclaim the House. Amanda Sakuma, Vox, "2020 Democratic hopefuls are under pressure to build diverse teams," 29 Dec. 2018 Talking to people, traveling for example this last midterm swings. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: NBC journalists Chuck Todd, Andrea Mitchell and Hallie Jackson on Recode Decode," 5 Dec. 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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