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 Feinstein wants the Secret Service to make semiannual reports of its travel costs, beginning a few months after Congress authorizes its transfer, according to people familiar with the talks. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump administration seeks to delay Secret Service travel disclosures until after election," 9 Jan. 2020 But representatives of the industry and a coalition of rural counties on the Western Slope and Eastern Plains said the benefits of going from annual to semiannual inspections are marginal, while the debits could be great. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, "Debate over emission controls on oil and gas reveals divides across Colorado," 17 Dec. 2019 During the semiannual sale, get 65% off select luggage, travel accessories, bags and more. CNN Underscored, "Columbus Day: Your A-Z guide to all the sales and deals," 14 Oct. 2019 Erlewine looks forward to Trigger’s semiannual physicals. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "Willie Nelson’s 50-year Love Affair with Trigger, His Faithful Guitar," 23 Nov. 2019 The companies at the top of the fashion pyramid spent much of the fall previewing their luxury wares for spring 2020 and making their semiannual argument for the value of beauty, craftsmanship, and lots and lots of stuff. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, "The Troubling Ethics of Fashion in the Age of Climate Change," 18 Nov. 2019 In April 2013, history was made when a woman led the opening prayer at the faith’s semiannual general conference in Salt Lake City. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Mormon women given increased role in 2 key ceremonies," 2 Oct. 2019 Originally, Stern envisioned the plays as a series people would experience as a whole, but even the most dedicated audience would have a hard time considering a string of semiannual plays a series. Los Angeles Times, "Column: How Joe Stern made Hollywood’s Matrix Theater dramatically diverse," 26 Sep. 2019 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

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First Known Use of semiannual

1791, in the meaning defined above

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“Semiannual.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 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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not to be intimidated or subdued

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