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1. Any of various calendrical units based on the time the earth takes to revolve once around the sun, especially:
a. In the Gregorian calendar, a period beginning on January 1 and ending on December 31, consisting of 365 or 366 days in 12 months. Also called calendar year.
b. A period of 365 or 366 days used as the basis for another calendar such as the Julian calendar.
c. A period of 12 or 13 lunar months in a lunisolar calendar such as the Jewish calendar.
d. A period of 12 lunar months in a lunar calendar such as the Islamic calendar.
2. A sidereal year.
3. A solar year.
4. A period of about a year: We were married a year ago.
5. A period equal to the calendar year but beginning on a different date: a tax-reckoning year; a farming year.
6. An annually recurring period devoted to a special activity: the academic year.
7. years Age, especially old age: I'm feeling my years.
8. years An indefinitely long period of time: it's been years since we saw her.

[Middle English yere, from Old English gēar; see yēr- in Indo-European roots.]
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Noun1.years - a late time of lifeyears - a late time of life; "old age is not for sissies"; "he's showing his years"; "age hasn't slowed him down at all"; "a beard white with eld"; "on the brink of geezerhood"
time of life - a period of time during which a person is normally in a particular life state
mid-sixties, sixties - the time of life between 60 and 70
mid-seventies, seventies - the time of life between 70 and 80
mid-eighties, eighties - the time of life between 80 and 90
mid-nineties, nineties - the time of life between 90 and 100
dotage, second childhood, senility - mental infirmity as a consequence of old age; sometimes shown by foolish infatuations
2.years - a prolonged period of timeyears - a prolonged period of time; "we've known each other for ages"; "I haven't been there for years and years"
period, period of time, time period - an amount of time; "a time period of 30 years"; "hastened the period of time of his recovery"; "Picasso's blue period"
month of Sundays - a time perceived as long; "I hadn't seen him in a month of Sundays"
eon, aeon - an immeasurably long period of time; "oh, that happened eons ago"
blue moon - a long time; "something that happens once in blue moon almost never happens"
year dot - as long ago as anyone can remember; "he has been a conductor since the year dot"
3.years - the time during which someone's life continuesyears - the time during which someone's life continues; "the monarch's last days"; "in his final years"
life - the period from the present until death; "he appointed himself emperor for life"
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For years he had been beset with no- tions concerning his heart.
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He has come across some old manuscripts, or ancient document records, referring to this valley, and they state, according to this article he has written for the magazine, that somewhere in the valley is a wonderful city, traces of which have been found twenty to forty feet below the surface, on which great trees are growing, showing that the city was covered hundreds, if not thousands, of years ago.
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I've got enough work laid out now to keep me in Shopton for the next year.
A year seems very long to wait before I see them, but remind them that while we wait we may all work, so that these hard days need not be wasted.
Beth said nothing, but wiped away her tears with the blue army sock and began to knit with all her might, losing no time in doing the duty that lay nearest her, while she resolved in her quiet little soul to be all that Father hoped to find her when the year brought round the happy coming home.
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