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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ji.ə(ɹ)z/, /jɜː(ɹ)z/
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years

  1. plural of year.
    • 1981, May 5 1718-PDT, Jim McGrath, Earliest Usenet use via Google Groups: fa.sf-lovers, said with a smile at an awards ceremony in the Pennsylvania state Capitol
      It will be a shorter book and it will not start four million years ago.
    • 2013 September-October, Katie L. Burke, “In the News”, in American Scientist:
      Oxygen levels on Earth skyrocketed 2.4 billion years ago, when cyanobacteria evolved photosynthesis: the ability to convert water and carbon dioxide into carbohydrates and waste oxygen using solar energy.
  2. (colloquial, hyperbolic) A very long time.
    It took years for the bus to come.

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