Definition of terms noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    terms

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    BrE BrE//tɜːmz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tɜːrmz//
     
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  1. 1the conditions that people offer, demand or accept when they make an agreement, an arrangement or a contract peace terms Under the terms of the agreement, their funding of the project will continue until 2015. They failed to agree on the terms of a settlement. These are the terms and conditions of your employment.
  2. 2conditions that you agree to when you buy, sell, or pay for something; a price or cost to buy something on easy terms (= paying for it over a long period) My terms are £20 a lesson.
  3. 3a way of expressing yourself or of saying something We wish to protest in the strongest possible terms (= to say we are very angry). I'll try to explain in simple terms. The letter was brief, and couched in very polite terms. She spoke of you in glowing terms(= expressing her admiration of you). Synonymslanguagevocabulary terms wording terminologyThese are all terms for the words and expressions people use when they speak or write, or for a particular style of speaking or writing.language a particular style of speaking or writing:Give your instructions in everyday language. the language of the legal professionvocabulary all the words that a person knows or uses, or all the words in a particular language; the words that people use when they are talking about a particular subject:to have a wide/​limited vocabulary The word has become part of advertising vocabulary.terms a way of expressing yourself or of saying something:I’ll try to explain in simple terms.wording [usually sing.] the words that are used in a piece of writing or speech, especially when they have been carefully chosen:It was the standard form of wording for a consent letter.terminology (rather formal) the set of technical words or expressions used in a particular subject; words used with particular meanings:medical terminology Scientists are constantly developing new terminologies. Literary/​poetic terminology is used for talking about literature or poetry. Literary/​poetic language is used for writing in a literary or poetic style.Patterns formal/​informal/​everyday language/​vocabulary/​terms business/​scientific/​technical/​specialized language/​vocabulary/​terminology A word enters the language/​the vocabulary.
  4. Extra examples I’ll try to explain in simple terms. She spoke of you in glowing terms. Under the terms of the agreement, their funding of the project will continue until 2009. We are negotiating terms for the development of the site. We wish to protest in the strongest possible terms. You should check your terms and conditions of employment. to buy something on easy termsIdioms
    be on good, friendly, bad, etc. terms (with somebody)
     
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    to have a good, friendly, etc. relationship with somebody I had no idea that you and he were on such intimate terms (= were such close friends). He is still on excellent terms with his ex-wife. I'm on first-name terms with my boss now (= we call each other by our first names). See related entries: Friends
    be on speaking terms (with somebody), be speaking (to somebody)
     
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    to be willing to be polite or friendly towards somebody, especially after an argument She's not been on speaking terms with her uncle for years. Are they speaking to each other again yet?
    come to terms (with somebody)
     
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    to reach an agreement with somebody; to find a way of living or working together The enemy was eventually forced to come to terms.
    come to terms with something
     
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    to accept something unpleasant by learning to deal with it She is still coming to terms with her son's death.
    a contradiction in terms
     
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    a statement containing two words that contradict each other’s meaning A ‘nomad settlement’ is a contradiction in terms.
    clearly and strongly I told him what I thought of him in no uncertain terms.
    in terms of something, in…terms
     
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    used to show what aspect of a subject you are talking about or how you are thinking about it The job is great in terms of salary, but it has its disadvantages. This title ranks alongside the Olympics in terms of importance. What does this mean in terms of cost? In terms of cost—how much were you thinking of charging? In terms of extra staff—how many will we need? In practical terms this law may be difficult to enforce. The decision was disastrous in political terms. He's talking in terms of starting a completely new career.
    on equal terms (with somebody)
     
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    having the same advantages and disadvantages as somebody else Can our industry compete on equal terms with its overseas rivals?
    on your own terms, on somebody’s terms
     
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    according to the conditions that you or somebody else decides I'll only take the job on my own terms. I'm not doing it on your terms.