Definition of midterm in US English:



  • 1The middle of a period of office, an academic term, or a pregnancy.

    ‘Nixon resigned in midterm’
    as modifier ‘midterm elections’
    • ‘The presence of initiatives has the power to increase turnout by as much as 9 percent in midterm elections and 3 percent in presidential election years.’
    • ‘The party of the president typically does not fare well in midterm elections.’
    • ‘With midterm congressional elections approaching rapidly, both parties have said that passage of drug coverage will be critical to their success.’
    • ‘The results broke a five decade trend in which the governor's party lost seats in the midterm election.’
    • ‘No other modern president has been able to accomplish such a delicate task in a midterm election.’
    • ‘Last December, I was talking with a Democratic operative about the midterm elections.’
    • ‘With midterm elections being merely a week away here in the United States, my morbid fascination with what the political pundits are saying has reached a fever pitch.’
    • ‘The results of the midterm elections support this.’
    • ‘This became a major issue in the midterm elections.’
    • ‘He's really got to move quickly on this because he cannot be doing it in the same year as a midterm election.’
    • ‘Republicans rule both chambers of Congress and the midterm elections are nearly two years into the future.’
    • ‘That president's party went on to gain seats in the midterm elections.’
    • ‘Seniors vote in very large numbers, particularly in midterm elections when most people don't vote.’
    • ‘Will they have as much of an impact in the midterm elections?’
    • ‘The midterm elections in November 1938, however, made it unnecessary for President Roosevelt to react to a possible electoral threat from the left.’
    • ‘So where were we when we were interrupted the other day by the midterm elections?’
    • ‘Why did the administration shift the focus just 60 days before the midterm elections?’
    • ‘In restoring undivided Republican control of the federal government, the 2002 midterm elections confirmed three current realities of American politics.’
    • ‘We know that historically the party that holds the White House loses seats in Congress in their first midterm election.’
    • ‘The Republican Party was in bad shape after the 1974 midterm elections.’
    1. 1.1North American An exam in the middle of an academic term.
      • ‘Her teacher had given her one more chance to pass the midterm within two weeks, and if she did so she wouldn't have to repeat the class the following year.’
      • ‘Tara was holding study sessions for second midterms, trying to convince the students that their grades were still salvageable and that they really did need these sessions.’
      • ‘It's tempting to dismiss cliquishness as a relic from high school, along with midterms, lockers, and prom dates.’
      • ‘I was surprised weeks later when I found I had gotten a very decent grade on the midterm.’
      • ‘They did so well on all the quizzes, midterms and tutorials that each had an ‘A’ coming up to the finals.’
      • ‘With midterms approaching, it is unavoidable that professors and exam supervisors will have to consider cheating among students.’
      • ‘The CSD used to offer me time and a half for midterms and exams to accommodate for this.’
      • ‘Franchises that have success are studied like a college history book the night before midterms.’
      • ‘I should have been studying for my midterms.’
      • ‘Ninety percent of the students in Quashie's class bombed the midterm.’
      • ‘It's a busy time right now and people have midterms and other commitments.’
      • ‘No additional midterms will be posted for this fall term.’
      • ‘Every student but one in my fall 2002 class responded that they preferred the on-line quizzes to an in-class midterm.’
      • ‘The exams, midterm, and final were equally weighted when determining final course grade.’
      • ‘I can't promise anything though since midterms and tons of projects are coming up!’
      • ‘I smile politely and compliment her on her ‘ageless beauty’ and tell the rest of the ladies that I must retire to my room to do some studying for a midterm coming up.’
      • ‘Take another look at meditation, yoga, deep breathing exercises, talking to a professional or any other stress release that works for you during midterms and exams.’
      • ‘The point is that each of us has something we do to keep our minds off school, exams and the impending midterms.’
      • ‘It seemed only natural for our group of four to continue with the study sessions right after class as the midterm loomed closer.’
      • ‘The answers to the eighth-grade geography midterm are in her hands.’