The word "term" is a noun that can be used in a few different ways.

Use "term" to refer to a period of time:

  • An American president can serve only two terms in office. Each term lasts four years. d
  • The company looks forward to a term of profitability after several years of losses.
  • Henry receive bad grades in school last term.
  • The winter term begins in January.
  • Sandra brought her baby to term. (She kept the baby inside her womb for a full nine months.)

Use "term" to describe a condition or an agreement:

  • Are you on good terms with your neighbors? (Do you get along with your neighbors?)
  • Joe and Fred are no longer on speaking terms. (They don’t get along and they don’t talk to each other.)
  • The terms of the agreement were agreed upon by everyone who signed it.
  • What are the terms of use for this website?
  • Two groups came to terms and settled their differences.
  • Under no uncertain terms will this situation continue. ("Under no uncertain terms" is a popular expression.)

Use "term" when talking about words:

  • What does the term "person of interest" mean?
  • There were several terms in the reading exercises that the teacher needed to explain to the students.
  • I’m unfamiliar with the term "twenty-four seven." What does it mean?
  • The word "honey" is a term of endearment used by a person who loves another person.

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Date of publication: October 25, 2016