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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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 Ultimately, council members voted to require themselves, and their opponents in elections, to more frequently file campaign finance disclosures, shifting from semiannual to quarterly reports. Josh Baugh, San Antonio Express-News, "Council invites in sunshine after some argument against it," 21 June 2018 The semiannual meeting of African heads of state and government at the African Union's headquarters here begins Sunday. Paul Schemm, Washington Post, "African Union to Trump: We’re still mad about that comment," 26 Jan. 2018 Hanky Panky The brand's semiannual sale starts Thursday, May 24, and goes through Wednesday, May 30, with discounts up to 65 percent. Glamour, "The Best 2018 Memorial Day Sales to Shop This Weekend," 22 May 2018 In its latest semiannual report in April, the Treasury did not designate South Korea as a currency manipulator while keeping the country on its watch list. Kwanwoo Jun, WSJ, "South Korea to Gradually Disclose Foreign Exchange Intervention Details," 16 May 2018

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1791, in the meaning defined above

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

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