pe·​ri·​od·​i·​cal·​ly | \ ˌpir-ē-ˈä-di-k(ə-)lē How to pronounce periodically (audio) \

Definition of periodically

1 : at regular intervals of time
2 : from time to time : frequently

Examples of periodically in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Catch David Moore on The Ticket (KTCK-AM 1310 and 96.7 FM) periodically throughout the offseason to discuss the latest Cowboys news. David Moore, Dallas News, "‘That’s the thing that scares me’: Michael Irvin voices caution on Cowboys LB Leighton Vander Esch’s return," 7 Feb. 2020 President Trump has periodically threatened to impose 25% tariffs on autos and auto parts imports under Section 232 of the Trade Enforcement Act, which allows tariffs for national security reasons. Sean Higgins, Washington Examiner, "Trump auto tariffs on hold for 'new proposal' from EU," 7 Feb. 2020 Since 1976, the virus has emerged periodically in several African countries. Ginger Christ, cleveland, "Novel coronavirus less deadly than past epidemics, local experts say," 7 Feb. 2020 The storm survey teams will report back periodically on their findings, the weather service said. Leigh Morgan, al, "EF0 tornado confirmed in Shelby County, NWS says; storm surveys ongoing," 6 Feb. 2020 The Center for Health Security at Johns Hopkins periodically conducts tabletop exercises to educate policymakers and the public about the dangers of a pandemic. Jim Talent, National Review, "The Latest Pandemic Threat," 24 Jan. 2020 Call her periodically to check in, and make a point of inviting her to join you in some of your new interests. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, "Dear Abby: Should she tell boyfriend the flowers he sent were shoddy?," 18 Jan. 2020 Novel coronaviruses emerge periodically, with SARS emerging in southern China in 2002 and MERS, or Middle East respiratory syndrome, a decade later. Anchorage Daily News, "Travelers at 3 U.S. airports to be screened for new, potentially deadly Chinese virus," 17 Jan. 2020 My final note: Patrick needs more to do than just gaze at David lovingly and periodically inject some sense into a scene (his biggest moment is suggesting they get married at the motel). Kathleen Newman-bremang,, "Schitt’s Creek Season 6, Episode 1 Recap: The Roses Are Back On Their Bull-Schitt," 8 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of periodically

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 Feb 2020

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“Periodically.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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