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

Definition of semiannual

: occurring every six months or twice a year

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semiannually adverb

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This is now the fourth of the semiannual reports in which the Trump administration has declined to apply the manipulator designation to Beijing. Josh Zumbrun, WSJ, "U.S. Criticizes China’s Currency Practices, but Doesn’t Add Manipulator Designation," 18 Oct. 2018 The settlement prohibits Cruz from working again in a supervisory position at Horning Brothers, requires the company to have employee-complaint procedures for reporting harassment and mandates semiannual reporting to the Attorney General’s Office. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "Eastern Washington packing house to pay $525,000 to settle lawsuit over worker sexual harassment," 22 Oct. 2018 In 2007, financial reporting in the United Kingdom moved from semiannual to quarterly. Robert C. Pozen And, WSJ, "Six Months Isn’t ‘Long Term’," 20 Aug. 2018 The next issue of the semiannual indie magazine Odda contains a 22-page feature d'Ys shot and illustrated on Michele Lamy, the partner and muse of Rick Owens, one of the few go-your-own-way outsiders still thriving in fashion today. Alexandra Marshall, Town & Country, "Is Julien d'Ys the Most Influential Hairstylist In Fashion?," 2 May 2016 The global economy appears poised to weather turmoil in some emerging markets, a political upheaval in Italy, and an aggressive round of trade actions from the U.S., according to the semiannual economic growth forecasts of the World Bank. Josh Zumbrun, WSJ, "Looking Past Worries on Emerging Markets and Trade, World Bank Sees Synchronized Growth Intact," 5 June 2018 This came only a year after Cross was more than five months late in filing a semiannual report. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "Paid sick leave issue is complicated for council," 13 July 2018 The Federal Reserve defended having the flexibility to set interest rates by using relatively new tools that include paying interest to banks, in its semiannual report to Congress on Friday. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "Federal Reserve Report Defends Use of New Tools to Set Interest Rates," 13 July 2018 The Bank of England will publish on Wednesday its semiannual report on the financial stability of the British financial system. New York Times, "Court to Rule on Mandatory Union Fees, and U.S. May Restrict Chinese Investment," 24 June 2018

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1791, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of semiannual

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

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