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 The yearly affair came to a halt due to COVID-19, and closed its doors on March 11 this year. Shelby Stewart, Chron, 29 Dec. 2020 But for people with dietary restrictions, this yearly feast can get a little more complicated. Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 Nov. 2021 The monthly rate is $29.99, while the yearly one is $12.50 per month. Alexa Philippou,, 19 Nov. 2021 But a point of contention for some students and a larger audience on Twitter is the race breakdown of yearly incoming first-years. NBC News, 19 Nov. 2021 The center receives a modest yearly grant from the city. Austen Erblat,, 18 Nov. 2021 The sheriff department’s report on its interactions with ICE came during the yearly community forum on the Transparent Review of Unjust Transfer and Holds (TRUTH) Act, required under local and state sanctuary laws. Wendy Fry, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Nov. 2021 That foundation, whose directors include some members of the DeVos family, has awarded its own yearly grants, totaling more than $26 million since 1990. Kate Santich,, 16 Nov. 2021 While yearly production fluctuates, output rose from 200,000 barrels per day in 2007 to 1.5 million barrels per day by late 2019, the report says. Kate S. Petersen, USA TODAY, 16 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Before the pandemic, Montgomery’s student population surged yearly for more than a decade, with enrollment rising to a record high of 165,267 in fall of 2019. Washington Post, 14 Nov. 2021 The bridge typically handles about 2 million passenger vehicles from Fort Erie, Ontario, yearly, many of them bound for the region’s shopping malls, ski slopes and sporting events., 8 Nov. 2021 But even that doesn't tell the entire story, since the Tax Code doesn't tax capital gains yearly, but instead taxes them only when the gain is realized, i.e., when the asset is finally sold. Jay Adkisson, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 Like many scientists, Bedford expects the coronavirus to eventually evolve from a global crisis into a regular threat every winter -- which might mean more regular boosters, maybe even yearly in combination with the flu shot. Lauran Neergaard, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Oct. 2021 Car lovers brought their smiling kids, their tail-wagging dogs and zoom-lens cameras to take in the Exotics on Las Olas auto show, a yearly hit with the chrome and steel crowd. Susannah Bryan,, 7 Nov. 2021 The most significant ballot measure was in St. Paul, where under new rules landlords of most rental properties will be limited to yearly rent increases of no more than 3%. Will Parker, WSJ, 3 Nov. 2021 Road rage injuries and deaths on the rise National gun violence prevention organization Everytown used Gun Violence Archive's database to determine that the number of road rage injuries and deaths has increased yearly since 2018. Athena Ankrah, The Arizona Republic, 21 Oct. 2021 Avid readers can spend up to $230 yearly for 24 credits, which is roughly two premium books a month. Stephanie Perry, Travel + Leisure, 20 Oct. 2021

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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 8 Dec. 2021.

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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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