/ (tɜːmz) /

pl n
  1. (usually specified prenominally) the actual language or mode of presentation used: he described the project in loose terms

  2. conditions of an agreement: you work here on our terms

  1. a sum of money paid for a service or credit; charges

  2. (usually preceded by on) mutual relationship or standing: they are on affectionate terms

  3. in terms of as expressed by; regarding: in terms of money he was no better off

  4. come to terms to reach acceptance or agreement: to come to terms with one's failings

Words Nearby terms

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How to use terms in a sentence

  • Results are in terms of bulk of precipitate, which must not be confused with percentage by weight.

    A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
  • Modification in its terms growing in part out of these new conditions will subsequently be required from time to time.

    Readings in Money and Banking | Chester Arthur Phillips
  • The society newspapers for the week alluded to the matter in veiled, but unmistakable terms.

  • Of the extent of this increased power of production we can only speak in general terms.

  • It happened that I didn't stay around those police posts long enough to get familiar with the technical terms for everything.

    Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair

Other Idioms and Phrases with terms


see bring to terms; come to terms with; contradiction in terms; in no uncertain terms; in terms of; on good terms; on speaking terms.

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