\ 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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Pending all parties agree on concessions, the Justice Department will approve the deal by the end of this week or beginning of next week, according to a person familiar with the matter. Brian Fung, David Goldman, And Jessica Schneider, CNN, "Sprint and T-Mobile merger is about to clear its biggest hurdle," 17 June 2019 There’s a low-end risk of severe weather for portions of Alabama nearly every day this work week. Leigh Morgan, al.com, "Isolated strong storms possible every day through Thursday for parts of Alabama," 17 June 2019 Frozen 2 Disney put out the first full length trailer for Frozen 2 this week, teasing a film that seems to balance a much darker tone than the original with a still very big and awe-inducing sense of adventure. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "New trailers: Doctor Sleep, Frozen 2, Pennyworth, and more," 15 June 2019 Four days a week eight inmates from Rikers, New York’s biggest jail, travel to the island to dig graves and lower coffins into them. The Economist, "What happens to those who die poor or unclaimed in NYC," 15 June 2019 Instead of dragging out the fight over the smaller group, the union was granted this week’s vote. Washington Post, "Tennessee Volkswagen plant rejects unionization," 14 June 2019 Data provided by the Major League Soccer Players Association this week confirmed a report by The Times’ Kevin Baxter that the Galaxy’s 37-year-old star attraction, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, will receive a league-record $7.2 million this season. Tom Hoffarth, latimes.com, "Morning Briefing: Dave Taylor finally gets name on Cup, but he’s no Larry Robinson," 14 June 2019 Molly Sims—actress, model, and lifestyle enthusiast behind her renowned namesake brand—served as this week’s guest judge. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Meet Dan Vickery, The Winner of Bravo's Best Room Wins Episode Seven," 13 June 2019 For decades, the music industry was exclusively a business of now, of today’s hot release, of this week’s charts — of hits, not history. New York Times, "The Day the Music Burned," 11 June 2019

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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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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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