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What does semiannual mean?
Semiannual means twice a year (or, technically, once every half a year).
Although semiannual is only used to mean twice a year—not every two years—it can still be confusing. The best (and maybe only) way to be perfectly clear is to just say “twice a year.”
It’s especially used to describe events, as in semiannual sale—a sale that happens twice a year.
Less commonly, semiannual can also mean lasting for half a year, as in To participate in the semiannual internship, you must be available for the full six months.
The adverb form of semiannual is semiannually.
Examples: The dentist recommends a checkup every six months, so I guess I have to make my semiannual appointment.
Where does semiannual come from?
The first records of the word semiannual come from the late 1700s. The prefix semi- means “half” and is used similarly in the word semiweekly (meaning “twice a week”) and semimonthly (meaning “twice a month”). Annual means “happening every year” or “once a year.”
People look forward to semiannual sales because they only come around every six months. Such sales are often held at around the same time every year, such as in March and September. However, just because an event is held semiannually doesn’t mean that occurrences have to be exactly six months apart.
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What are some other forms related to semiannual?
- semiannually (adverb)
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How is semiannual used in real life?
Semiannual is especially associated with sales that happen twice a year. In general, to avoid confusion, it’s probably best to just say “twice a year.”
Imagine getting that phone call from the local mattress store owner inviting YOU to star in the commercial for the semiannual sale god what a rush
— tignotaro (@TigNotaro) July 11, 2018
The adult kickball tournament was fun & I think it should be a semiannual event lol
— JP ⚡️ (@not_quay) July 12, 2020
The new draft companies law allows companies to pay annual or interim dividend whether semiannual or quarterly under certain conditions, such as having sufficient cash or retained #earnings at a value no less than the planned #dividend.
— Argaam Plus (@ArgaamPlus) July 14, 2020
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Is semiannual used correctly in the following sentence?
The magazine will transition from a semiannual release schedule to a quarterly one.
Example sentences from the Web for semiannual
Now we are treated to the semiannual spectacle of watching Republicans pretend they care about the deficit.Michael Tomasky on GOP Deficit Hypocrisy at Release of Obama’s Budget|Michael Tomasky|February 14, 2012|DAILY BEAST
But the day after Christmas he came to the office early to get his semiannual check and cash it.Sonnie-Boy's People|James B. Connolly
He has had steady two-quarts-a-day men, and men who were subject only to semiannual debauches.Smoking and Drinking|James Parton
"I was merely quoting from the auditor's semiannual report, of which that is a summary," he said, indicating the folded paper.Empire Builders|Francis Lynde