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annual

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First attested around 1382, from Late Latin annualem, annualis, related to Latin annalis, adjective form of annus (year). Used to categorize plants since 1710.

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annual (not comparable)

  1. Happening once every year.
    • 2013 June 29, “Unspontaneous combustion”, The Economist, volume 407, number 8842, page 29: 
      Since the mid-1980s, when Indonesia first began to clear its bountiful forests on an industrial scale in favour of lucrative palm-oil plantations, “haze” has become an almost annual occurrence in South-East Asia. The cheapest way to clear logged woodland is to burn it, producing an acrid cloud of foul white smoke that, carried by the wind, can cover hundreds, or even thousands, of square miles.
    an annual general meeting;  an annual publication
  2. Of, for, or relating to a whole year, often as a recurring cycle; determined or reckoned by the year; accumulating in the course of a year; performed, executed, or completed over the course of a year. See also circannual.
    an annual salary;  average annual profits;  the annual course of the sun
  3. (botany, of a plant) Having a life cycle that is completed in only one growing season; e.g. beans, corn, marigold. See Annual plant in Wikipedia. Compare biennial, perennial.
  4. (entomology) Living or lasting just one season or year, as certain insects or insect colonies.

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annual (plural annuals)

  1. An annual publication; a book, periodical, journal, report, comic book, yearbook, etc., which is published serially once a year, which may or may not be in addition to regular weekly or monthly publication.
    I read the magazine, but I usually don't purchase the annuals.
  2. (botany) An annual plant; a plant with a life span of just one growing season; a plant which naturally germinates, flowers and dies in one year. Compare biennial, perennial.
    I can't wait to plant my annuals in the spring.

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  • (Hawick dialect) IPA(key): /ɑːnwʌull/

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annual (not comparable)

  1. annual.