semi·​an·​nu·​al | \ ˌse-mē-ˈan-yə(-wə)l How to pronounce semiannual (audio) , ˌse-ˌmī-, -mi-\

Definition of semiannual

: occurring every six months or twice a year

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semiannually adverb

Examples of semiannual in a Sentence

my semiannual visit to my cousin

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Anchorage police officers walked through homeless camps Thursday to count occupants at various locations as part of the semiannual Point-In-Time count. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, "Tent by tent, police and city officials are counting Anchorage’s homeless population this week," 23 Aug. 2019 The Fed’s semiannual monetary policy report released last week noted that the share of people aged 25 to 54 years with at least a college degree who were employed dropped 2.5 percentage points between 2008 and 2010. Greg Ip, WSJ, "A Record Expansion’s Surprise Winners: The Low-Skilled," 10 July 2019 And in fact, Treasury’s most recent semiannual report in May on international exchange rate policies did not find China as a currency manipulator. Los Angeles Times, "U.S. labels China a ‘currency manipulator’ as stocks fall and trade war worsens," 5 Aug. 2019 After zebra mussels were discovered in Canyon Lake, the Canyon Lake Water Supply Corp. instituted a semiannual inspection schedule at its three water-treatment facilities on the lake. Josh Baugh,, "Zebra mussel infestation spurs Canyon Lake water utility to ask customers to cut back," 25 July 2019 Semeta reported her semiannual campaign statement, which included No Kai Oi’s contribution, in July 2016. Daily Pilot, "FPPC fines Huntington Beach councilwoman $2,000 for 2016 campaign finance violation," 18 July 2019 The Interim Executive Report on the NIH Workplace Climate and Harassment Survey will be presented and discussed at tomorrow’s semiannual meeting of the Advisory Committee to the Director of NIH, Francis Collins. Meredith Wadman, Science | AAAS, "Nearly one in five NIH employees say they experienced gender harassment in the past year," 12 June 2019 The Friends of the Valley Center Library host their semiannual book sale from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Valley Center Library, 29200 Cole Grade Road. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Democratic Club hosts Campa-Najjar... community events this weekend," 7 June 2019 Teenage boys and girls continue to say it’s one of their favorite brands, according to Piper Jaffray’s semiannual survey. Jordyn Holman,, "American Eagle is thriving even as shopping malls shrivel," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of semiannual

1791, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of semiannual

chiefly US : happening or produced every six months or twice in each year

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a topic to which one constantly reverts

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