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  1. the middle or halfway point of a term, as a school term or term of office.

  2. Often midterms. Informal. an examination or series of examinations at the middle of a school term.

  1. pertaining to or occurring on or about the middle of a term, as a school term or term of office: a midterm recess; midterm elections.

Origin of midterm

First recorded in 1865–70; mid- + term

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British Dictionary definitions for midterm


/ (ˈmɪdˈtɜːm) /

    • the middle of a term in a school, university, etc

    • (as modifier): midterm exam

  1. US politics

    • the middle of a term of office, esp of a presidential term, when congressional and local elections are held

    • (as modifier): midterm elections

    • the middle of the gestation period

    • (as modifier): midterm checkup See term (def. 6)

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