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


She renews her lease on a yearly basis.

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Third in the list is SSC Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti with a yearly salary of €5m, while Sinisa Mihajlovic and Paulo Fonseca, of Bologna and Roma respectively, scoop €3m., "Inter Manager Antonio Conte Revealed as Serie A's Highest Paid Manager Ever," 11 Sep. 2019 Travis a force through the air The Raiders’ twice-yearly nightmare that is tight end Travis Kelce looms again. Jon Becker, The Mercury News, "Focus on Kansas City: History says Raiders are doomed," 11 Sep. 2019 That is the first yearly inventory increase since the middle of 2015, according to Lawrence Yun, the trade group’s chief economist. Sharon Nunn, WSJ, "Home Sales Extend Slump Despite Economic Strength," 23 July 2018 The all-volunteer Lace Museum in Sunnyvale conducts its sensational half-yearly sale 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 27-28. Steven Wayne Yvaska, The Mercury News, "7 Bay Area antique and collectible shows this fall," 3 Sep. 2019 Also popular is NYC Broadway Week, a twice-yearly event offered by NYC & Company, the city’s tourism bureau, in conjunction with The Broadway League. Juliet Pennington,, "How to do Broadway on a budget," 26 June 2019 Project Pedal is a yearly event of the Village Project in Bay, and takes place this year from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday (June 15). Linda Gandee/special To,, "There’s still time to register for the 6th annual Project Pedal in Bay Village this weekend," 10 June 2019 Those vehicles can now also be used for the twice-yearly private astronaut missions. Samantha Masunaga,, "NASA says you’re welcome aboard the Space Station – for $58 million," 7 June 2019 USA TODAY Southwest Airlines launched one of its twice-yearly mega fare sales Tuesday, with round-trip tickets as low as $98 on short flights. Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY, "Southwest three-day sale: Fares starting at $49 one way," 4 June 2019

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Committee member Chula Ross-Sanchez says efficiently managing beaches is crucial for the health of the Gulf Coast and to continue attracting more than 7 million visitors yearly to Galveston. Houston Chronicle, "Report: Galveston needs to improve access to public beaches," 26 Aug. 2019 Although international trade in pangolins and their parts is banned, China yearly approves the use of some 29 tons of scales—equivalent to about 73,000 pangolins—for commercial traditional medicines. National Geographic, "Pangolin scales are not a party drug, say researchers," 9 Aug. 2019 Of particular interest is a yearly astronomical event called opposition, which occurs when Jupiter, Earth and the sun are arranged in a straight line. Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Know, "See Jupiter with your naked eye tonight during its “biggest and brightest” month," 10 June 2019 The White House estimates China inflicts $50 billion yearly in damages on U.S. companies. Bob Davis, WSJ, "How China Systematically Pries Technology From U.S. Companies," 26 Sep. 2018 Bel Air has been designated as a Banner City yearly since 2007. Allan Vought, The Aegis, "Bel Air achieves several milestones, seeks sustainable community recertification," 10 July 2018 Though Viktor Orban, Hungary’s prime minister, is an illiberal authoritarian, Mercedes Benz announced an investment of €1bn in the country two years ago and plans to make 330,000 cars yearly by 2020. The Economist, "Central Europe’s Goldilocks economies," 5 July 2018 Since 1988, Utqiagvik (oot-GAR'-vik), Alaska, formerly known as Barrow, has warmed more than 6 degrees yearly and more than 9 degrees in winter. Seth Borenstein And Nicky Forster,, "Warned 30 years ago, global warming 'is in our living room'," 18 June 2018 According to legislative economists, more than 75 percent of the $11 million yearly sole proprietor tax cut would go to people who earn at least $200,000 a year. Hillary Borrud,, "Oregon lawmakers move quickly to vote on Kate Brown's business tax cut," 21 May 2018

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


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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