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

Definition of periodically 

1 : at regular intervals of time

2 : from time to time : frequently

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These strategies are especially evident during the holidays, but companies also use them periodically throughout the year. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Two experts explain the psychology of sales, coupons, and gifting.," 9 Nov. 2018 The Vatican said the agreement was provisional, suggesting it could be revisited periodically. Christopher Bodeen, Fox News, "Vatican agreement with China draws concerns amid crackdown," 28 Sep. 2018 The Queen stays at Balmoral Castle periodically throughout the year while the Palace is open to the public, and Harry's late mother Princess Diana would often spend time there with her ex-husband, Charles. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Harry and Meghan Reportedly Vacationed With Charles and Camilla in Scotland," 22 Aug. 2018 That shows periodically when the Sun Devils play a bad quarter on one or both sides of the ball. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "ASU women's basketball NCAA Tournament path nearly identical to 2017," 16 Mar. 2018 The mayor also periodically shows his spiritual side. Maya Dukmasova, Chicago Reader, "Rahm’s Chicago Stories podcast takes you inside the mind of the mayor," 14 Mar. 2018 Reynoso, who periodically reports back to the City Council to share details about the funds the chamber uses, said sponsorships and events generate the bulk of the chamber’s revenue. David Hernandez,, "National City set on cutting budget funds for Chamber of Commerce," 7 June 2018 Certain parts of the old building will close periodically as a result, and the overall flow of the YMCA will change, Thompson said. Leah Asmelash, charlotteobserver, "Family Dollar's founder donated $2 million to a YMCA branch. Here's what it will do.," 31 May 2018 Another portion, it is not known how much, was spent on a periodically visiting U.S. Navy technician who operated the MRI for four months — meaning one Pentagon entity paid for the flights, accommodations and meals used by another Pentagon employee. Carol Rosenberg, miamiherald, "Lawyers: Scan suggests alleged 9/11 plotter suffered head injury in CIA custody | Miami Herald," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of periodically

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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