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Definition of biweekly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : occurring every two weeks : fortnightly
2 : occurring twice a week



Definition of biweekly (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a publication issued every two weeks

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biweekly adverb

What do bimonthly and biweekly mean?: Usage Guide


Many people are puzzled about bimonthly and biweekly, which are often ambiguous because they are formed from two different senses of bi-: "occurring every two" and "occurring two times." This ambiguity has been in existence for nearly a century and a half and cannot be eliminated by the dictionary. The chief difficulty is that many users of these words assume that others know exactly what they mean, and they do not bother to make their context clear. So if you need bimonthly or biweekly, you should leave some clues in your context to the sense of bi- you mean. And if you need the meaning "twice a," you can substitute semi- for bi-. Biannual and biennial are usually differentiated.

Examples of biweekly in a Sentence

Adjective The biweekly mortgage loan was started in Canada and is now offered by lenders in the United States. This loan is similar to the standard fixed-rate loan except for the frequency of payments. Instead of making one monthly payment, the borrower makes a payment equal to one-half of the normal monthly payment every two weeks … — Stephen R. Mettling et al., Modern Residential Financing Methods, 1990 Last week ABC brought back Dick Cavett … and introduced syndicated newspaper columnist Jimmy Breslin as Cavett's biweekly alternate (Thursday and Fridays). — Harry Waters, Newsweek, 6 Oct. 1986 She attends biweekly classes and studies at the library every Saturday.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In late May, tenOever’s team shared its findings in the biweekly journal Cell. James Somers, The New Yorker, "How the Coronavirus Hacks the Immune System," 2 Nov. 2020 Surfacing is a biweekly column that explores the intersection of art and life, produced by Alicia DeSantis, Jolie Ruben and Josephine Sedgwick. Maya Phillips, New York Times, "Horror Masks Are Never Just About the Monster," 1 Nov. 2020 But new construction on a development adjacent to the historic cemetery at a time of unprecedented racial reckoning has reignited long-simmering tension — inciting biweekly protests and frustrating developers and county leaders desperate to move on. Washington Post, "Racial reckoning, new development reignite tension over commemoration of historic Black cemetery in Bethesda," 27 Oct. 2020 Texans will be required to document their job searches during their biweekly request for payment from the commission. James Barragán, Dallas News, "Texans at high-risk for COVID-19 will need to resume looking for work next month," 23 Oct. 2020 State officials announced the expansion of the state’s economic recovery grants on Tuesday during Gov. Phil Scott’s biweekly virus briefing. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, National Cherry Blossom Festival, giant pumpkin: News from around our 50 states," 22 Oct. 2020 According to the biweekly data release at the end of September from the Household Pulse Survey, 24% of adults expect someone in their household to have a loss in employment income in the upcoming four weeks. Grace Segers, CBS News, ""Staggering" need: COVID-19 has led to rising levels in food insecurity across the U.S.," 14 Oct. 2020 HIGHER-ED CASES Active covid-19 cases at colleges and universities increased for the first time in more than a month, according to a biweekly statewide report released Monday. Lara Farrar, Arkansas Online, "Governor raises virus concerns," 13 Oct. 2020 The lawsuit says that those payments are being made to police officers, detectives and sergeants, and that are reflected in their biweekly paychecks. Washington Post, "More than 1,000 D.C. police officers claim they have been shorted on overtime payments during pandemic," 7 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Alternatively, Copper Valley Air offers biweekly flights from Anchorage and Gulkana to McCarthy (907-822-4200). Bailey Berg, Anchorage Daily News, "Biggest of the big: Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Kennecott Mines," 28 May 2020 After the webinars, kids can work on and submit entries for the biweekly challenge. Shannon Sutlief, Dallas News, "Kids can stay full steam ahead on STEAM at Sci-Tech Discovery Center’s virtual events," 21 May 2020 That could mean proposing a weekly email update every Friday morning or a biweekly video call. Kathryn Vasel, CNN, "No one likes a micromanager: Here's how to deal with one," 5 May 2020 In case the meaning wasn’t clear, Bjork addressed the subject in response to a question on his biweekly media teleconference Tuesday. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, "A renewal of Longhorns-Aggies football rivalry doesn’t appear imminent, but Texas AD Chris Del Conte wants to see it return," 5 May 2020 FireEye, which previously focused much of its lobbying on Pentagon spending, has begun holding biweekly briefings that encourage remote Hill staffers to keep cybersecurity threats top of mind during the public-health crisis, Ms. O’Mara said. James Rundle And David Uberti, WSJ, "Cybersecurity Lobbying Spending Mounts as Privacy, Security Laws Take Shape," 4 May 2020 More than $400 per biweekly paycheck — about a quarter of her after-tax income — has been siphoned off by Johns Hopkins University for unpaid medical bills at one of its hospitals. Alec Macgillis, ProPublica, "One Thing the Pandemic Hasn’t Stopped: Aggressive Medical-Debt Collection," 28 Apr. 2020 My life revolves around talk shows, late-night shows, and biweekly trash collections. Kimberly Zapata,, "'How I'm Battling Depression and Bipolar Disorder During the Coronavirus Pandemic'," 22 Apr. 2020 Before the stimulus checks, the government took about $300 from his biweekly paycheck for child support. Jessica Menton, USA TODAY, "Behind on child support? If so, you won't get a stimulus check," 14 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of biweekly


1832, in the meaning defined at sense 2


circa 1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Nov 2020

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“Biweekly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of biweekly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: happening every two weeks
: happening twice a week



English Language Learners Definition of biweekly (Entry 2 of 2)

: a biweekly publication : a magazine or newspaper that is published every two weeks

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