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The second month of the year, in the northern hemisphere usually considered the last month of winter:‘even in February the place is busy’‘the coldest February in 40 years’
- ‘The selection process and interviews will take place over this month and February.’
- ‘She told them in February this year that she had left London due to a relationship break down.’
- ‘For some reason, I was expecting March to be a better month than January or February.’
- ‘In February I will write an in depth feature on fly fishing in the sun of Florida.’
- ‘Last February a female security van worker was shot in the arm during a robbery on a delivery of cash.’
- ‘We do know, however, that it will be in February or March next year at the earliest.’
- ‘In February, two elderly men met in a Middle Eastern suburb and took afternoon tea.’
- ‘The strange guys and girls who had nothing better to do on a wet February evening.’
- ‘Since February I've spent five hours a day in the gym hoping to get back into shape.’
- ‘Her killer was driving at twice the speed limit, on a dark and frosty night in February last year.’
- ‘In February last year, the church had a series of thefts of its Yorkshire stone slabs.’
- ‘He was paralysed and was not able to leave hospital until the following February.’
- ‘Pay packets were outpaced by the rising cost of living for the year ending in February.’
- ‘The February trip looks a lot more feasible after something very obvious came to me on the train home.’
- ‘Children first have to take part in a week of activities during the February half term.’
- ‘In February he had followed her to Swindon and the friendship had been resurrected.’
- ‘On a sunny February afternoon this was no problem, but come August it will be like an oven.’
- ‘I returned on a February morning to see what sort of training was being carried out.’
- ‘In February, ministers tried to draw a line under the case by paying compensation.’
- ‘My husband left home in February after eight years of inactive service to the military.’
Note that February is spelled with an r following the Feb-. Precise speakers insist that this r should be pronounced, but this is not easy, and most people replace the r following Feb- with a y sound: Feb-yoo- rather than Feb-roo-. This is now becoming the accepted standard
Middle English feverer, from Old French feverier, based on Latin februarius, from februa, the name of a purification feast held in this month. The spelling change in the 15th century was due to association with the Latin word.
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