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in terms of (something)
1. As measured with a certain type of unit or category. We track our shipments in terms of weight, rather than individual units. The tragedy caused billions in damage, but the biggest losses were in terms of lives.
2. Regarding; in reference to. In terms of the merger, I'm afraid I can't provide any more details at this time.
in terms of something
regarding something; concerning something. I don't know what to do in terms of John's problem. Now, in terms of your proposal, don't you think you're asking for too much?
in terms of
1. As measured or indicated by, on the basis of. For example, How far is it in terms of miles? This usage originated in mathematics, where it alludes to numerical units. [Mid-1700s]
2. In relation to, with reference to, as in This film offers nothing in terms of satisfactory entertainment. [Late 1800s]
in terms of...,
in ... termsused to show how something is explained, described or judged: In terms of money, it’s a great job. ♢ In energy terms, this new power station can produce ten times as much as the old type.
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in terms of
1. As measured or indicated by; in units of: distances expressed in terms of kilometers as well as miles; cheap entertainment, but costly in terms of time wasted.
2. In relation to; with reference to: "narcissistic parents who ... interpret their child's experience entirely in terms of their own history" (Richard Weissbourd).