From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishtermterm1 /tɜːm $ tɜːrm/ ●●● S1 W1 noun 1 → in terms of something2 → in general/practical/financial etc terms3 word [countable]WORD, PHRASE, OR SENTENCE a word or expression with a particular meaning, especially one that is used for a specific subject or type of languageterm for ‘Multimedia’ is the term for any technique combining sounds and images.in no uncertain terms (=in very clear and angry language) Journalists were told in no uncertain terms that they were not welcome. → a contradiction in terms at contradiction(3)► see thesaurus at word4 period of time [countable]PERIOD OF TIME a fixed period of time during which someone does something or something happensterm of/in office (=the time someone spends doing an important job in government) The mayor was coming to the end of his term in office.term of the maximum term of imprisonment The lease runs for a term of 99 years.prison/jail term The men each received a 30-year prison term. → fixed-term5 school/university [countable, uncountable] especially British EnglishSE one of the periods of time that the school or university year is divided into. In Britain, there are usually three terms in a year. → half-term, semester, quartersummer/autumn/spring term The exams are at the end of the summer term. Teachers often feel overworked in term time (=during the term).first/last day of term that all-important first day of term6 → in the long/short/medium term7 end [singular, uncountable] technicalBF the end of a particular period of time The agreement reaches its term next year. a child born two months before full term (=of pregnancy) We can prolong life beyond its natural term.8 → come to terms with something9 → terms10 → terms11 → terms of reference12 number/sign [countable] technicalHM one of the numbers or signs used in a mathematical calculationCOLLOCATIONS – Meaning 3: a word or expression with a particular meaning, especially one that is used for a specific subject or type of languageADJECTIVES/NOUN + terma legal/medical termThe site provides a glossary of legal terms.a technical term‘Gender’ is a technical term in grammar.a slang term‘The Old Bill’ is a slang term for the police.a derogatory/pejorative term (=one that is insulting or disapproving)‘Pinko’ is a derogatory term for someone with socialist ideas.verbsuse a terma term used by psychiatristscoin a term (=invent it)Funk coined the term ‘vitamin’ in 1912.phrasesa term of abuse (=a word that is offensive or deliberately rude)‘Geek’ is used as a term of abuse.a term of endearment (=a word that expresses your love for someone)terms of endearment like ‘love’, ‘dear’, and ‘honey’in strong termsThe pope condemned both Nazism and Communism in strong terms.in glowing terms (=praising someone or something highly)Friends and relatives speak of him in glowing terms.in layman’s terms (=using ordinary words, not technical words)Can you explain to me in layman’s terms how my computer works?COLLOCATIONS – Meaning 4: a fixed period of time during which someone does something or something happensADJECTIVES/NOUN + term a prison/jail termHe faced a maximum prison term of 25 years.a five-year/ten-year termThe president is elected for a five-year term.a fixed termThe contract was for a fixed term of five years.a maximum/minimum termThe maximum term was life imprisonment.phrasesa term of/in officeThe governor ends his term of office in September.a term of imprisonment/detentionShe was sentenced to a long term of imprisonment.verbsserve a termShe served a term as chairwoman of the council.COLLOCATIONS – Meaning 5: one of the periods of time that the school or university year is divided into. In Britain, there are usually three terms in a year.phrasesthe beginning/start of termThe beginning of term was only two days away.the end of termWe had a party at the end of term.the first/last day of termOn the last day of term we went home early.ADJECTIVES/NOUN + term a school/university termThe school term was about to start.a new termAre you looking forward to the new term?the spring/summer/autumn termMrs Collins will be leaving us at the end of the summer term.phrasesin/during term timeParents need permission to take their children on holiday during term time.
Examples from the Corpusterm• "Limited English Proficient" is a term used for students who can speak some English.• It's very difficult to give a definition of a term like 'cyberspace'.• As a graduate student, he spent a term at Wichita State University.• These are terms used in digital electronics to designate the basic logical operations on which digital systems are founded.• The managers were all hired for a fixed term.• He is halfway into his term of office.• Mr Toplak had just started his term as vice-president of the company.• Its terms and implications are unmistakably authoritarian.• She had her jail term cut for good behaviour.• Any outstanding debt repayment requirements and / or restrictive covenants on long term debt agreements are additional important. considerations.• Political dissidents are sentenced to long terms of imprisonment.• The medical term for losing your hair is 'alopecia'.• He hopes to visit China during his second term in office.• The main exams are at the end of the summer term.• How can the terms and conditions of every carrier and each transaction be made readily available to all the holders?• The bank says that they can extend the term of our mortgage.• Officials now are trying to extend the term of the loan by two years.• Harris used the term "crisis" to describe the company's financial situation.• Mr Hicks used the term 'neighbourhood schools' for what in effect were segregated black schools.• The term is used to describe grace periods that often go into effect when new geographic area codes are set up.• The terms of the disposition agreement with the committee are still being negotiated, they said.• The Democrats are hoping to deny him a third term in office.• General Herrera was elected to a third term of office as President.• Now I had to start thinking in world terms, for those Championships were coming in 1987.• Members are nationals of and nominated by the Parties and serve for four-year terms.• Elected members of the House of Assembly serve a six-year term.• Malik is now serving a three-year term in prison.• He recently completed a two-year term as chairman.in no uncertain terms• But DuPonceau does venture to contradict, and in no uncertain terms.• The president of the university condemned racism on campus in no uncertain terms.• That night they told her, in no uncertain terms, to go for it.• You've got to let him know, in no uncertain terms, that you will no longer tolerate his abuse.• They let us know in no uncertain terms that we were not welcome.• Well, there was nothing for it, I had to lay down the law in no uncertain terms.• She wanted nothing at all from her father and she was about to tell Alain Lemarchand so in no uncertain terms.• He had found them scruffy, and had said so in no uncertain terms.• What is more, she said so - in no uncertain terms.• Those coming into leadership are told in no uncertain terms what their task is to be.• We were told in no uncertain terms that we were not welcome at their house.• This means that we are going to lock you up, in no uncertain terms.full term• Only one president served a full term before turning over the office to another military dictator.• From the seventh month onwards, with adequate care, a child born before full term has a good chance of survival.• Trent Lott, R-Miss., who was elected to his first full term as majority leader last month.• They end up simply serving out the full term of their sentence, unless affected by the various amnesties.• So, the selected conception was implanted, and the pregnancy went to full term.• Only Ronald Reagan, . a professional actor, has served two full terms.• IFAs say that if you are within five years of maturity, you should probably hang on until full term.