term Definition

  • 1a word or phrase used to describe a thing or to express a concept, especially in a particular kind of language or branch of study
  • 2a fixed or limited period for which something lasts or is intended to last

Using term: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "term" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The term 'global warming' refers to the long-term increase in Earth's average surface temperature.

  • Example

    The term 'algorithm' is commonly used in computer science.

  • Example

    The president's term in office lasts for four years.

  • Example

    I am taking a one-term course on Shakespeare this semester.

term Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using term

  • words or phrases used to express affection or fondness towards someone


    He always calls his wife by terms of endearment like 'honey' or 'sweetheart'.

  • having a friendly or amicable relationship with someone


    Despite their past disagreements, they are now on good terms with each other.

  • the scope or extent of a particular job or responsibility


    The committee was given specific terms of reference for their investigation.

Phrases with term

  • terms and conditions

    the rules and requirements that must be agreed upon before participating in an activity or using a service


    Before signing up for the new credit card, make sure you read and agree to the terms and conditions.

  • used to indicate what aspect of a subject is being discussed or considered


    In terms of salary, this job offer is very competitive.

  • accept and deal with a difficult or unpleasant situation


    It took her a long time to come to terms with the loss of her father.

Origins of term

from Old English 'tyrnan', meaning 'to turn'


Summary: term in Brief

The term 'term' [tɜːm] has two main meanings. First, it refers to a word or phrase used to describe something, especially in a particular field of study. Second, it refers to a fixed or limited period of time. Examples include 'The term 'algorithm' is commonly used in computer science' and 'The president's term in office lasts for four years.' Phrases like 'in terms of' and idioms like 'terms of endearment' expand its usage.

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