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Does bimonthly mean twice a month or every two months?

The prefix bi- usually means 'every two', so bimonthly means 'every two months'. Semi- means 'half' or 'halfway', so semimonthly means 'every two weeks'. However, bimonthly can also mean 'twice a month' - but it is rarely used that way. It is best to remember that bi- is "every two" and semi- is "halfway."

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