year·​ly | \ ˈyir-lē How to pronounce yearly (audio) \

Definition of yearly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : reckoned by the year
2 : occurring, appearing, made, done, or acted upon every year or once a year : annual



Definition of yearly (Entry 2 of 2)

: every year : annually

Examples of yearly in a Sentence

Adjective She renews her lease on a yearly basis.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Out for a ride: In Tajikistan’s Pamir Mountains, Kyrgyz horsemen warm up their horses before a race during the yearly At Chabysh festival. Matthieu Paley, National Geographic, "When do Americans say they'll fly again?," 27 Oct. 2020 The average yearly salary for the office’s 24 women is $54,568, compared to $54,693 for its 16 men. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Salt Lake County recorder touts transparency, but her opponent says it’s lacking," 6 Oct. 2020 Impressed, Mangiero, the next day, authorized investing $1,500 to buy an EdjVarsity yearly subscription. Ben Shpigel, New York Times, "Friday Night Bytes: Can Analytics Revolutionize High School Football?," 5 Nov. 2020 The Chamber is the largest lobbying group in the United States, spending more money than any other lobbying organization on a yearly basis. Nihal Krishan, Washington Examiner, "Chamber of Commerce breaks with Republicans who want to open up the economy fully," 5 Nov. 2020 The Bullitt Cup, awarded on a yearly basis to the county champion, will be up for grabs in this rivalry game. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Check out the top high school football games to see in the Louisville area Friday," 4 Nov. 2020 Each one of these traditions is incredibly special, but for me, the one that feels closest to my heart is the yearly unpacking and hanging of our Christmas stockings. Amanda Richards, Southern Living, "Walmart Is Selling Personalized Christmas Stockings – and They're Under $20," 3 Nov. 2020 There is more: The ACA also establishes certain requirements for all insurance plans, including preventive care without copayment, free screening for women’s health, and no yearly or lifetime caps. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "What is going to happen to the Affordable Care Act?," 31 Oct. 2020 Minneapolis parks, which rank first in the nation for access and quality, cover 15 percent of all city land, and the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board runs a yearly budget of more than $120 million. Gili Ostfield, The New Republic, "Ten Moves, Two Tents, and Five Months of a Housing Reckoning in Minneapolis," 30 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The rental is offered jointly by vacation-rental online marketplace Vrbo and Lifetime Channel, which competes yearly with Hallmark Channel for the most round-the-clock Christmas movies. Susan Dunne,, "Christmas movie lovers! Lifetime Channel offers decorated holiday house for binge-watching in Connecticut," 19 Nov. 2020 Listeners responded to last week's column on buying a new phone yearly with ! Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Cut the cord for $10 monthly, but what's the catch?," 31 Oct. 2020 Eligible schools must be accredited yearly and as part of the process must show that graduates are successfully finding work in their field. Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Owner of San Diego tech school gets prison in $30M Veterans Affairs fraud," 27 Oct. 2020 But since crowds aren’t a concern on the internet, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has adapted Teens Take the Met! — its twice-yearly free festival for ages 13 to 18 — into a virtual event that’s bigger than ever: Young people anywhere can attend. New York Times, "7 Things to Do This Weekend," 5 Nov. 2020 Without the efforts of the hatcheries and yearly stocking, there wouldn’t be all that many fish for people to catch, Beauchene said. Kassi Jackson,, "Where do the fish you catch in Connecticut’s rivers, streams and lakes come from? A glimpse into a day’s work at one local hatchery," 28 Oct. 2020 The Times estimates the bugs kill around 50 people yearly in their native homeland of Japan. Sara Kiley Watson, Popular Science, "Murder hornets are officially here, but don’t freak out yet," 23 Oct. 2020 In his second season, his defensive playing time jumped to 439 snaps and has continued to increase yearly, reaching 619 snaps – or 61 percent of the Patriots' defensive plays – last season. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Jonathan Jones looking good for New England Patriots," 23 Oct. 2020 Temperatures can fluctuate yearly, but it’s the decades-long averages that indicate how the climate is changing overall. Erin Stone, The Arizona Republic, "The real question as Phoenix breaks another heat record: Is this the new normal?," 15 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of yearly


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Yearly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of yearly

: happening, done, or made once each year
: of or relating to one year


year·​ly | \ ˈyir-lē How to pronounce yearly (audio) \

Kids Definition of yearly

: occurring, made, or done every year : annual I had my yearly checkup.

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