years

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

  1. plural form 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”, 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) An unusually long time.
    It took years for the bus to come.

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