year

year [ jır ] noun ***
1. ) count a period of 365 days, or 366 in a leap year, divided into 12 months:
He lived in Paris for a few years.
a ) used about a particular period of time, beginning on January 1 and ending on December 31, or between the first and last dates on some other CALENDAR:
We're hoping to sell the house by the end of the year.
last/next year (=the year before or after the present year): Profits are lower than last year.
b ) used about the period during which an institution operates, or about the system it uses for dividing time:
the financial/fiscal/tax year: a budget for the fiscal year 2002
the first weeks of the new school year
c ) used for talking about age:
Their son is only five years old.
d ) years of age VERY FORMAL used for talking about someone's age:
How can a child of only twelve years of age be expected to know?
2. ) years plural used about a particular period of time in history:
Conditions were very different in the postwar years (=the period after the war).
a ) a very long time:
It wasn't until years later that I realized how foolish I'd been.
for years: He hasn't been back to the country for years.
3. ) count TECHNICAL the amount of time that a planet takes to travel around the sun
a first/second/third etc. year BRITISH
a student who is in their first/second/third etc. year at a school or university
not/never in a million years INFORMAL
used for emphasizing that you think something will not happen or is not true
something puts years on someone INFORMAL
used for saying that something makes someone seem or feel much older
year after year
continuously for several years
year by year
as time passes
year on year BRITISH
used for talking about situations in which something continues to change or develop every year

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • year — [jɪə, jɜː ǁ jɪr] written abbreviation yr noun [countable] 1. also calendar year the period of time beginning on January 1 and ending on December 31: • The Small Business Administration arranged 55,000 small business loans last year. 2 …   Financial and business terms

  • Year — Year, n. [OE. yer, yeer, [yogh]er, AS. ge[ a]r; akin to OFries. i?r, g?r, D. jaar, OHG. j[=a]r, G. jahr, Icel. [=a]r, Dan. aar, Sw. [*a]r, Goth. j?r, Gr. ? a season of the year, springtime, a part of the day, an hour, ? a year, Zend y[=a]re year …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • year — /year/, n. 1. a period of 365 or 366 days, in the Gregorian calendar, divided into 12 calendar months, now reckoned as beginning Jan. 1 and ending Dec. 31 (calendar year or civil year). Cf. common year, leap year. 2. a period of approximately the …   Universalium

  • year — W1S1 [jıə, jə: US jır] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(12 months)¦ 2¦(january to december)¦ 3 years 4 all (the) year round 5 year by year 6 year after year/year in, year out 7¦(period of life/history)¦ 8 the school/academic year 9¦(s …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • year — or sidereal year [yir] n. [ME yere < OE gear, akin to Ger jahr < IE * yēro , year, summer (> Gr hōros, time, year, OSlav jara, spring) < base * ei , to go (> L ire, to go): basic sense “that which passes”] 1. a) a period of 365… …   English World dictionary

  • Year Up — is a nonprofit organization based in Boston, Massachusetts. Founded in 2000 by Harvard Business School graduate Gerald Chertavian, Year Up has sites in Boston and Cambridge, New York City, Providence and Washington, D.C. and is expanding to other …   Wikipedia

  • YEAR — (Heb. שָׁנָה, shanah), the period during which the earth makes one complete revolution around the sun. This period corresponds roughly to 12 revolutions of the moon around the earth. The determination of the length of a year and its 12 parts for… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • year — (n.) O.E. gear (W.Saxon), ger (Anglian) year, from P.Gmc. *jæram year (Cf. O.S., O.H.G. jar, O.N. ar, Dan. aar, O.Fris. ger, Du. jaar, Ger. Jahr, Goth. jer year ), from PIE *yer o , from r …   Etymology dictionary

  • year — ► NOUN 1) the time taken by the earth to make one revolution around the sun. 2) (also calendar year) the period of 365 days (or 366 days in leap years) starting from the first of January, used for reckoning time in ordinary affairs. 3) a period… …   English terms dictionary

  • year|ly — «YIHR lee», adjective, adverb. –adj. 1. once a year; in every year: »He takes a yearly trip to the mountains from his home in the city. 2. lasting a year: »The earth makes a yearly revolution around the sun. 3. for a year: »He is paid a yearly… …   Useful english dictionary

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