Does bimonthly mean 'twice a month' or 'every two months'?

The same ambiguity affects biweekly and biyearly. Please help!

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Unfortunately, in the English language, it's a word that has two different meanings. You have to use the context to figure out which meaning applies.

    Example: "Your mortgage payment will be smaller if you make it bi-monthly." (twice a month)

    "The magazine was forced to make cutbacks, so its schedule is now bi-monthly." (every 2 months)

    You can use biweekly (every 2 weeks) in place of bimonthly (twice a month) - but you'll run into the same problem, since biweekly could also mean "twice a week".

    You can use "fortnightly" (every 14 days) in place of bimonthly (twice a month) - but it's not exactly right, since there are 30 or 31 days in most months, and not 28.

  • Semi monthly usually means if you are getting a paycheck you would usually get paid every 1st and 15th. Bi-weekly is every two weeks no matter what so if you had a job lets say in December you would get paid 3 times that month. Verses October where you would have only gotten paid twice. Bi- Yearly is twice a year. Which is important to know for property payments if you have a ballon payment bi-yearly or taxes that are owed and set up on a bi-yearly agreement.

  • momomo
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    1 decade ago

    Bimonthly means every two months. Many people are paid on a biweekly basis, meaning every two weeks. (Maybe that will help you remember the difference.)

    Semi-monthly means twice a month.

  • 1 decade ago

    Bimonthly is every two months.

    Something that is twice a month is semi-monthly.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Every two months.

    Twice a month would be semi-monthly.

  • 4 years ago

    Actually it means both Since it's meaning is shifty, just use a more accurate phrase

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    every two months

  • 1 decade ago

    both

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