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^{1}**W1S1**[tə:m US tə:rm]*n*▬▬▬▬▬▬▬**1 in terms of something****2 in general/practical/financial etc terms****3¦(word)¦****4¦(period of time)¦****5¦(school/university)¦****6¦(end)¦****7 come to terms with something****8¦(conditions)¦****9¦(relationship)¦****10 terms of reference****11¦(number/sign)¦**▬▬▬▬▬▬▬[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: terme*'edge, limit, end'*, from*Latin*terminus]**1.)****in terms of sth**if you explain or describe something in terms of a particular fact or event, you are explaining or describing it only in relation to that fact or event**describe/measure/evaluate etc sth in terms of sth**▪ Femininity is still**defined in terms of**beauty.▪ It's a mistake to**think of**Florida only**in terms of**its tourist attractions.▪ It's too early to start**talking in terms of**casualties.**in terms of what/how/who etc**▪ Did the experiment find any differences in terms of what children learned?**2.)****in general/practical/financial etc terms**used to show that you are describing or considering a subject in a particular way or from a particular point of view**in general/broad/simple etc terms**▪ We explain in simple terms what the treatment involves.▪ It would be wrong to describe society**purely in**economic**terms**.▪ The war, although successful**in military terms**, left the economy in ruins.▪ What do these statistics mean**in human terms**?**in sb's terms**▪ In our terms, the scheme has not been a success.**in real/absolute terms**(=accurate, true, or including any related changes)▪ Rail fares have fallen 17 per cent in real terms.**in relative terms**(=compared with other, similar things)▪ Students have less money in relative terms, but spend more on books.**3.)****¦(WORD)¦**a word or expression with a particular meaning, especially one that is used for a specific subject or type of language**term for**▪ 'Multimedia' is the term for any technique combining sounds and images.**legal/medical/technical term**▪ Many legal terms have more than one meaning.▪ photographs, or**to use the**technical**term**, 'half-tones'▪ It was he who**coined**(=invented)**the term**'anorexia'.**term of abuse/endearment/respect etc**(=rude, loving, respectful etc language)▪ The word 'communist' had become a term of abuse.**in strong/glowing/forthright etc terms**(=showing a strong etc emotion or attitude)▪ I complained to the manager**in the strongest possible terms**.▪ His reply was**couched in**sinister**terms**.**in no uncertain terms**(=language that is very clear and angry)▪ Journalists were**told, in no uncertain terms**, that they were not welcome.**4.)****¦(PERIOD OF TIME)¦**a fixed period of time during which someone does something or something happens**term in office**(=the time someone spends doing an important job in government)▪ It was always clear that Schmidt's third term in office would prove a difficult one.**term of**▪ the maximum term of imprisonment▪ The lease runs for a term of 99 years.**prison/jail term**▪ The men each received a 30-year prison term.**fixed/long/short term**▪ a fixed-term contract▪**In the long term**, alcohol causes high blood pressure.▪ Dad loaned us his car for the short term.**5.)****¦(SCHOOL/UNIVERSITY)¦**[U and C]*BrE*one of the three periods of time that the school or university year is divided into**summer/autumn/spring term**▪ The exams are at the end of the summer term.▪ Teachers often feel overworked**in term time**(=during the term) .**first/last day of term**▪ that all-important first day of term**6.)****¦(END)¦**[singular, U]*technical*the end of a particular period of time→↑long-term, short-term ↑short-term▪ The agreement**reaches its term**next year.▪ a child born two months before**full term**(=of pregnancy)▪ The arrangement had outlived its**natural term**(=the length of time it was expected to exist) .**7.)****come to terms with sth**to accept an unpleasant or sad situation and no longer feel upset or angry about it▪ George and Elizabeth have**come to terms with the fact that**they will never have children.▪ Counselling helped her come to terms with her grief.**8.)****¦(CONDITIONS)¦****terms**[plural]**a)**the conditions that are set for an agreement, contract, arrangement etc▪**Under the terms of**the agreement, the debt would be repaid over 20 years.▪ your**terms and conditions**of employment▪ Delivery is**within the terms of**this contract.**equal/unequal/the same etc terms**(=conditions that are equal, unequal etc)▪ Small businesses have to**compete on equal terms with**large organisations.▪ Men and women should be able to work**on level terms**.**on sb's (own) terms**(=according to the conditions that someone wants)▪ He wanted our relationship to be only on his terms.**b)**the arrangements for payment that you agree to when you buy or sell something**reasonable/favourable/cheaper etc terms**▪ Some insurance companies offer very reasonable terms.▪ This allowed tenant farmers to buy land**on easy terms**(=by paying small sums of money over a long period) .**9.)****¦(RELATIONSHIP)¦****terms**[plural]if you are on good, bad etc terms with someone, you have a good, bad etc relationship with them**be on good/bad/friendly etc terms (with sb)**▪ By now, Usha and I were on**familiar terms**.▪ He is barely on**speaking terms**with his father (=they are angry and almost never speak to each other) .▪ We were soon on**first-name terms**(=using each other's first names, as a sign of friendship) .**10.)****terms of reference***formal*the subjects that a person or group of people agree to consider▪ the committee's terms of reference**11.)****¦(NUMBER/SIGN)¦***technical*one of the numbers or signs used in a mathematical calculation▬▬▬▬▬▬▬**HINT sense 5**At a British school or university, the year is divided into three**terms**. At an American univeristy, there are two**semesters**or three**trimesters**.▬▬▬▬▬▬▬**term**^{2 }term^{2}*v*[T usually passive]to use a particular word or expression to name or describe something▪ This condition is sometimes termed RSI, or repetitive strain injury.▪ Roosevelt termed himself and his policies 'liberal'.▪ These developments are**loosely termed**'advanced manufacturing techniques'.

*Dictionary of contemporary English.
2013.*