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  1. year
    IPA[yir]
  2. noun

    • 1. the time taken by the earth to make one revolution around the sun.

    • 2. the period of 365 days (or 366 days in leap years) starting from the first of January, used for reckoning time in ordinary affairs.

    • 3. a period of 365 days starting from any date:

      the year starting July 1
    • 4. a year regarded in terms of the quality of produce, typically wine:

      single-vineyard wine of a good year
    • 5. a period used for reckoning time according to other calendars:

      the Muslim year
    • 6. one's age or time of life:

      she had a composure well beyond her years
    • 7. a very long time; ages:

      it's going to take years to put that right
    • 8. a set of students grouped together as being of roughly similar ages, mostly entering a school or college in the same academic year:

      most of the girls in my year were leaving school at the end of the term
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: year, plural noun: years

    • noun

      the time taken by the earth to make one revolution around the sun.

      the period of 365 days (or 366 days in leap years) starting from the first of January, used for reckoning time in ordinary circumstances.

    • adjective

      calculated over or covering a period of a year; annual:

      calculated for or belonging to each of multiple years; year by year:

    • adverb

      each year; annually:

      according to year:

    • noun

      the calendar year just begun or about to begin:

      the first few days or weeks of a year:

    • noun

      a unit of astronomical distance equivalent to the distance that light travels in one year, which is 9.4607 × 1012 km (nearly 6 trillion miles).

      a long distance or great amount:

    • noun

      a year's sabbatical leave.

      (in biblical times) a year observed every seventh year under the Mosaic law as a “sabbath” during which the land was allowed to rest.

    • noun

      the year that a particular wine was produced.

      a particularly successful year for some pursuit or product:

    • noun

      a year in which there is no major election, especially one in which there is a Congressional election but no Presidential election:

      a year that is inferior or substandard compared to previous ones:

    • noun

      a year as reckoned for taxing or accounting purposes; fiscal year.
    • noun

      a year as reckoned for taxing or accounting purposes.
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