Definition of semifinal in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌsemēˈfīnl/


A game or round immediately preceding the final, the winner of which goes on to the final.
Example sentences
  • The top two teams in each division will play off in a semi-final followed by a final to decide the winners.
  • Without question it was being knocked out of the play-off semi-final by Cardiff.
  • A number of other athletes got through to the finals and semi-finals of their events.



Pronunciation: /ˈˌseˌmīˈfīnləst/ /ˈˌsemēˈfīnləst/
Example sentences
  • The losing semi-finalists play off for the bronze medal.
  • He was afforded a bit of leeway as a World Cup semi-finalist, as the normal length of service is two years.
  • Most World Cups have an oddball semi-finalist and Ukraine have the potential to be this year's.

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Syllabification: sem·i·fi·nal

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