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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 Included in the appointment was a $575 biweekly stipend. Ryan Nickerson, Houston Chronicle, "Bellaire appoints interim city manager, reports COVID cases," 8 July 2020 Because payments are distributed in a biweekly basis, a worker would have to prove six job searches per period beginning in mid-July to continue receiving benefits. James Barragán, Dallas News, "Texans at high risk for COVID-19 will have to resume looking for work to stay on unemployment," 18 June 2020 Practice for the last three months has consisted of biweekly Zoom sessions for the club's 50 coaches and more than 5,000 players. Bianna Golodryga And Meridith Edwards, CNN, "Coaches fear youth sports may not get through coronavirus shutdowns," 17 June 2020 Their model pulls in county-level case data, hospitalization rates, testing numbers, and mobility data pulled from smartphones to make biweekly projections about new infections and expected deaths for six weeks into the future. Megan Molteni, Wired, "Covid-19 Cases Were Already Rising Before the George Floyd Protests," 5 June 2020 In your shoes PepsiCo’s chief design officer Mauro Porcini is hosting a new biweekly podcast called In Your Shoes, launched by the beverage giant last week. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Protests across the U.S. reveal empathy and its enemy," 2 June 2020 Bob enjoys breakfasts of caviar, dips in his own saltwater pool, and biweekly foot massages on the beach. National Geographic, "Meet Flamingo Bob, the poster bird for conservation," 9 Jan. 2020 The free, biweekly event occurs on Wednesdays and Saturdays through Labor Day, and one of those dates is this weekend. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "5 things to do this weekend in Chicago," 5 July 2018 Yelich, though, is more than just biweekly checks at below-market rates. Jon Tayler,, "Brewers Bet Big on the Present in Acquiring Christian Yelich, Signing Lorenzo Cain," 25 Jan. 2018 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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14 Jul 2020

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“Biweekly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 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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