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

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If the companies meet those and other requirements, they will be allowed to add more scooters periodically. Andrew Theen, The Seattle Times, "E-scooters may return April 26, Portland says, with new rules to curb sidewalk riding," 25 Mar. 2019 Continue adding soil periodically until the soil is slightly mounded above surface level to allow for settling. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Garden-Fresh Asparagus," 19 Aug. 2018 The 36th annual Bay State Games have been underway periodically since June, but the crux of the event has yet to be played. Matt Case,, "Taking the long view on the Bay State Games," 6 July 2018 Paisley Park was previously open for tours periodically, including for the Prince: A Celebration event in 2000. Lisa Marie Segarra, Fortune, "Prince's Paisley Park is Hiring. Here's What They're Looking For," 18 Apr. 2018 In Congress, bills requiring retailers to collect tax on out-of-state purchase have been introduced periodically during the past decade only to languish and die. Washington Post, "Retailers hope for certainty as Supreme Court hears tax case," 11 Apr. 2018 Streaming services have had trouble identifying the owners of music rights, which has led to songwriters not getting paid and streaming services periodically getting sued for non-payment. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Senate passes copyright bill to end 140-year protection for old songs," 19 Sep. 2018 Parents periodically check in with your child throughout the evening via text or phone call. Sheila Vilvens,, "Here are 9 tips for safe, anxiety-free prom and graduation celebrations," 2 May 2018 This new designation will be given periodically to a restaurant professional that has exhibited unmatched contributions to the realm of restaurants in metro Detroit. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "New restaurant award to honor renowned dining critic Sylvia Rector," 11 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of periodically

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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