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
Recent Examples on the Web Market gains were pared later in the morning, after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell presented sobering testimony to the Senate Banking Committee as part of a semiannual update on the state of the economy. NBC News, "Wall Street chalks up third-straight day of gains after retail comeback and 'breakthrough' coronavirus treatment," 16 June 2020 Investors are turning their attention to Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, who is set to testify before Congress at 10 a.m. Eastern about the central bank’s semiannual monetary policy report. Jessica Menton, USA TODAY, "Stocks set to open higher as May retail sales surge to record," 16 June 2020 Sephora's semiannual Beauty Insider event is one of those sales. Karina Hoshikawa,, "The Best Products To Shop From Sephora’s Beauty Insider Sale — According to R29 Readers," 23 Apr. 2020 Duke Carrillo, 21, collapsed during a 1.5-mile run in the semiannual physical readiness test, according to the Facebook post. Nataly Keomoungkhoun, Dallas News, "21-year-old Naval Academy midshipman from Flower Mound dies during fitness test in Maryland," 9 Feb. 2020 In its semiannual report to Congress, the central bank said the U.S. economy remains on a solid footing after more than 10 years of expansion, with labor markets providing more than enough jobs to absorb new entrants to the workforce. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "Fed Report: Possible Spillovers From Coronavirus Pose New Risk to Economic Outlook," 7 Feb. 2020 Drugmakers introduced price increases on more than 400 drugs to start the year, in what has become a semiannual ritual, . Christopher Rowland, Washington Post, "Why Humira’s price keeps rising despite FDA approval of generic competition," 8 Jan. 2020 Congressman Warren Davidson came to Powell's defense at the three-hour hearing, where the Fed chair delivered his semiannual testimony to Congress. Donna Borak, CNN, "Katie Porter grills Fed chair about attending Jeff Bezos' 'lavish' party," 11 Feb. 2020 The Fed chief is scheduled for a hearing before the Senate Banking Committee at 10 a.m. Wednesday as part of his semiannual testimony to Congress. Washington Post, "Federal Reserve chair singles out coronavirus as economic risk," 11 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of semiannual

1791, in the meaning defined above

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“Semiannual.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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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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