Definition of semi-final in English:

semi-final

noun

  • A match or round immediately preceding the final, the winner of which goes on to the final:

    [as modifier] ‘their semi-final defeat’
    • ‘A number of other athletes got through to the finals and semi-finals of their events.’
    • ‘Two tables will be used in the main theatre for the quarter-finals and one for the semi-finals and final.’
    • ‘The Marshfield men beat favourites Morecambe in a thrilling game to reach the semi-finals.’
    • ‘England beat them in the semi-final in one of the best games of the tournament.’
    • ‘The semi-finals and final will be played this coming Sunday at New Earswick.’
    • ‘Stevens was gracious in defeat and he has now lost two finals in addition to three semi-finals at Sheffield.’
    • ‘After so many lost finals and semi-finals and rank bad breaks, does his team still have the stomach for the fight?’
    • ‘England have only made the semi-finals twice and been knocked out in the first round four times.’
    • ‘Without question it was being knocked out of the play-off semi-final by Cardiff.’
    • ‘He played for the Catalan club in the semi-finals of the Champions' League in 2000.’
    • ‘Chinese women have made the semi-finals in hockey and the quarter-finals in volleyball.’
    • ‘I got to the semi-finals of my first tournament and knew that I wanted to play professionally.’
    • ‘The team progressed from Saturday's semi-finals to reach the final on Sunday.’
    • ‘The winners of the semi-finals will take part in a county final to decide the winner.’
    • ‘Actually it was the quarter-final, the semi-final and the final all in one night.’
    • ‘The win gives Bronte a home tie in the semi-final when they will meet Grassington United.’
    • ‘The top two teams in each division will play off in a semi-final followed by a final to decide the winners.’
    • ‘The league is being played in four geographical groups, with two semi-finals and a final at the end of the season.’
    • ‘That may be the case but Mowbray still wants semi-finals and finals for his players.’
    • ‘They only just lost in their semi-final missing out on the opportunity of an all Ilkley final.’
    contest, competition, game, tournament, tie, cup tie, event, fixture, trial, test, test match, meet, bout, fight, duel
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Pronunciation:

semi-final

/sɛmɪˈfʌɪn(ə)l/