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Definition of term verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

term

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//tɜːm//
 
; NAmE NAmE//tɜːrm//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they term
BrE BrE//tɜːm//
 
; NAmE NAmE//tɜːrm//
 
he / she / it terms
BrE BrE//tɜːmz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//tɜːrmz//
 
past simple termed
BrE BrE//tɜːmd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//tɜːrmd//
 
past participle termed
BrE BrE//tɜːmd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//tɜːrmd//
 
-ing form terming
BrE BrE//ˈtɜːmɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɜːrmɪŋ//
 
 
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[often passive] term somebody/something + noun/adj. (formal) to use a particular name or word to describe somebody/something At his age, he can hardly be termed a young man. REM sleep is termed ‘active’ sleep. Word Origin Middle English (denoting a limit in space or time, or (in the plural) limiting conditions): from Old French terme, from Latin terminus ‘end, boundary, limit’.Extra examples His condition would be more accurately termed as ‘chronic fatigue’. The sampling units (hereafter termed ‘local areas’) are towns. This material is variously termed ash, clinker, cinders or slag.
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