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semiannual

[sem-ee-an-yoo-uh l, sem-ahy-] /ˌsɛm iˈæn yu əl, ˌsɛm aɪ-/
adjective
1.
occurring, done, or published every half year or twice a year; semiyearly.
2.
lasting for half a year:
a semiannual plant.
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95; semi- + annual
Related forms
semiannually, adverb
Can be confused
biannual, biennial, semiannual (see usage note at bi-)
Usage note
See bi-1.
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British Dictionary definitions for semiannual

semiannual

/ˌsɛmɪˈænjʊəl/
adjective
1.
occurring every half-year
2.
lasting for half a year
Derived Forms
semiannually, adverb
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