W1S1 [jıə, jə: US jır] n
1¦(12 months)¦
2¦(january to december)¦
3 years
4 all (the) year round
5 year by year
6 year after year/year in, year out
7¦(period of life/history)¦
8 the school/academic year
9¦(school/university level)¦
10 first/second etc year
11 musician/player/car etc of the year
12 never/not in a million years
13 the year dot
14 put years on somebody/take years off somebody
[: Old English; Origin: gear]
1.) ¦(12 MONTHS)¦
a period of about 365 days or 12 months, measured from any particular time
I arrived here two years ago.
We've known each other for over a year.
It's almost a year since Sue died.
Jodi is 15 years old.
a three-year business plan
a four-year-old child
be 12/21 etc years of age
(=be 12/21 etc years old)
2.) ¦(JANUARY TO DECEMBER)¦ also calendar year
a period of 365 or 366 days divided into 12 months beginning on January 1st and ending on December 31st
the year that Kennedy died
at the end of the year
She goes there every year.
in the year 1785
this year's cup final
The museum attracts 100,000 visitors a year.
in the early years of last century
3.) years
a) informal a very long period of time
= ↑ages
It's years since I rode a bike.
in/for years
I haven't been there for years.
It was the first time in years I'd seen her.
b) age, especially old age
a man/woman/person etc of his/her etc years
Gordon is very active for a man of his years.
getting on in years
(=no longer young)
4.) all (the) year round
during the whole year
It's warm enough to swim all year round.
5.) year by year
as each year passes
Business has steadily increased year by year.
6.) year after year/year in, year out
every year for many years
Many birds return to the same spot year after year.
a particular period of time in someone's life or in history
sb's childhood/early/teenage/retirement etc years
those who start to smoke in their teenage years
the war/Depression/boom etc years
the boom years of the 1980's
sb's years in/at sth
during his years in China
sb's years as sth
Sheila enjoyed her years as a student in Oxford.
In later years he turned to writing poetry.
8.) the school/academic year
the time within a period of 12 months when students are studying at a school or university
especially BrE a particular level that a student stays at for one year
a group of year seven students
in a year
He was in my year at school.
10.) first/second etc year
BrE someone who is in their first etc year at school or university
The department offers a study skills programme for all first years.
11.) musician/player/car etc of the year
the musician etc who was voted the best in a particular year
vote/name sth ... of the year
The new Renault was voted car of the year.
12.) never/not in a million years
spoken used to say that something is extremely unlikely
Never in a million years did I think we'd lose.
13.) the year dot
BrE informal a very long time ago
Scientists have been involved in war since the year dot .
14.) put years on sb/take years off sb
to make someone look or feel older or younger
Tina's divorce has put years on her.
donkey's years atdonkey

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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