Definition of semifinal in English:


Pronunciation /ˌsemēˈfīnl/ /ˌsɛmiˈfaɪnl/ /ˌsemīˈfīnl/ /ˌsɛmaɪˈfaɪnl/


  • A game or round immediately preceding the final, the winner of which goes on to the final.

    as modifier ‘their semifinal defeat’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The winners of the semi-finals will take part in a county final to decide the winner.’
    • ‘Actually it was the quarter-final, the semi-final and the final all in one night.’
    • ‘I got to the semi-finals of my first tournament and knew that I wanted to play professionally.’
    • ‘The Marshfield men beat favourites Morecambe in a thrilling game to reach the semi-finals.’
    • ‘He played for the Catalan club in the semi-finals of the Champions' League in 2000.’
    • ‘England have only made the semi-finals twice and been knocked out in the first round four times.’
    • ‘The win gives Bronte a home tie in the semi-final when they will meet Grassington United.’
    • ‘Two tables will be used in the main theatre for the quarter-finals and one for the semi-finals and final.’
    • ‘England beat them in the semi-final in one of the best games of the tournament.’
    • ‘Chinese women have made the semi-finals in hockey and the quarter-finals in volleyball.’
    • ‘The league is being played in four geographical groups, with two semi-finals and a final at the end of the season.’
    • ‘The semi-finals and final will be played this coming Sunday at New Earswick.’
    • ‘Stevens was gracious in defeat and he has now lost two finals in addition to three semi-finals at Sheffield.’
    • ‘That may be the case but Mowbray still wants semi-finals and finals for his players.’
    • ‘They only just lost in their semi-final missing out on the opportunity of an all Ilkley final.’
    • ‘The team progressed from Saturday's semi-finals to reach the final on Sunday.’
    • ‘After so many lost finals and semi-finals and rank bad breaks, does his team still have the stomach for the fight?’
    contest, competition, game, tournament, tie, cup tie, event, fixture, trial, test, test match, meet, bout, fight, duel



/ˌsemēˈfīnl/ /ˌsɛmiˈfaɪnl/ /ˌsemīˈfīnl/ /ˌsɛmaɪˈfaɪnl/