how to retrieve only the year from the date in SQL Server 2008?

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In sql server 2008, how to extract only the year from the date. In DB I have a column for date, from that I need to extract the year. Is there any function for that?


year(@date)
year(getdate())
year('20120101')

update table
set column = year(date_column)
whre ....

or if you need it in another table

 update t
   set column = year(t1.date_column)
     from table_source t1
     join table_target t on (join condition)
    where ....