semiannual

[sem-ee-an-yoo-uhl, sem-ahy-]
adjective
1.
occurring, done, or published every half year or twice a year; semiyearly.
2.
lasting for half a year: a semiannual plant.

Origin:
1785–95; semi- + annual

semiannually, adverb

biannual, biennial, semiannual (see usage note at bi-).


See bi-1.
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semiannual (ˌsɛmɪˈænjʊəl)
 
adj
1.  occurring every half-year
2.  lasting for half a year
 
semi'annually
 
adv

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Example sentences
Semiannual compounding won't explain the difference.
The grant applications are evaluated on a semiannual basis.
His semiannual no-holds-barred motivational meetings are infamous.
Barron's is out with its semiannual poll of money managers, and it finds a lot
  of bullishness.
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