Definition of term verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

term

 verb
verb
NAmE//tərm//
 
[often passive]term somebody/something + noun/adj.(formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they term
 
he / she / it terms
 
past simple termed
 
-ing form terming
 
 
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to use a particular name or word to describe someone or something At his age, he can hardly be termed a young man. REM sleep is termed “active” sleep.
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