\ ˈwēk How to pronounce week (audio) \

Definition of week

1a : any of a series of 7-day cycles used in various calendars especially : a 7-day cycle beginning on Sunday and ending on Saturday
b(1) : a week beginning with a specified day or containing a specified holiday the week of the 18th
(2) : a week appointed for public recognition of some cause
2a : any seven consecutive days
b : a series of regular working, business, or school days during each 7-day period
3 British : a time seven days before or after a specified day last Sunday week

Examples of week in a Sentence

the last week of the month I can meet you sometime next week. The menu changes each week. You can never be sure what will happen from one week to the next. The menu changes from week to week. The baby is two weeks old. [a two-week . I'll be on vacation for two weeks starting this Tuesday. That car rents for $200 a week. I arrived a week ago. It took him two weeks to paint the house.
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Recent Examples on the Web The measure boosts unemployment benefits by $300 a week, which will help. Steve Chapman Chicago Tribune, Star Tribune, "The federal eviction moratorium is flawed," 25 Jan. 2021 The $300 a week in extra unemployment benefits are now being paid for those who did not exhaust their benefits before the initial CARES Act program expired on Dec. 27. Rich Exner, cleveland, "Some Ohioans now receiving $300 extra in weekly unemployment; others may have to wait a month to apply for benefits extended weeks ago," 21 Jan. 2021 That package also includes $600 relief checks for most adults and a supplemental unemployment benefit payment of $300 a week. The Associated Press, NOLA.com, "U.S. unemployment claims jump to 965,000 as coronavirus takes toll," 14 Jan. 2021 As the aid package passed by Congress in December kicks in, including a $300 a week unemployment supplement, some economists expected that to result in more workers filing claims. Washington Post, "New unemployment claims jump to nearly 1 million, the highest level since August," 14 Jan. 2021 That package also includes $600 relief checks for most adults and a supplemental unemployment benefit payment of $300 a week. Christopher Rugaber, The Christian Science Monitor, "US unemployment applications spike to highest since August," 14 Jan. 2021 Meanwhile, all claimants are expected to receive an extra $300 a week for up to 11 weeks, beginning by mid-January, under the new Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "‘Diddy’ delivers, chicken coops, New Year’s Eve restrictions: News from around our 50 states," 31 Dec. 2020 The bill will also expand regular state benefits by $300 a week. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "Another 787,000 Americans filed first-time claims for jobless benefits last week," 31 Dec. 2020 The new stimulus law increases unemployment assistance in every state by $300 a week through March 14 and extends two federal pandemic programs that otherwise would have paid out their final benefits in December. Kim Mackrael, WSJ, "Jobless Claims Seen Elevated During Week Clouded With Uncertainty," 31 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of week

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for week

Middle English weke, from Old English wicu, wucu; akin to Old High German wehha week and perhaps to Latin vicis change, alternation, Old High German wehsal exchange

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The first known use of week was before the 12th century

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21 Feb 2021

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“Week.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/week. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of week

: a period of seven days
: any period of seven days in a row
: the days from Monday through Friday when people usually work


\ ˈwēk How to pronounce week (audio) \

Kids Definition of week

1 : seven days in a row especially beginning with Sunday and ending with Saturday
2 : the working or school days that come between Sunday and Saturday

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