\ 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 trio is far outpacing the other two Republican rivals, Wes Lambert and John Castorani, with less than three weeks remaining before the primary. al, "Three Republicans in fight for cash in Alabama’s 1st congressional district," 12 Feb. 2020 Green Day are heading for a big week in the U.K., where their new album is well-placed to snare the chart crown. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "Green Day Cruising to No. 1 on U.K. Albums Chart," 11 Feb. 2020 At least 135 people have tested positive for the virus so far, as Japanese health authorities continue to examine hundreds of passengers and crew, who have been under quarantine for almost a week. James Griffiths, CNN, "Wuhan coronavirus: Deaths top 1,000 as WHO team arrives in China," 10 Feb. 2020 Ives expects the plant shutdown to wipe out sales of up to 5 million iPhones from the second quarter if the plants' re-openings are delayed for another two to three weeks over coronavirus fears. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Coronavirus keeps Apple's Foxconn plants partially shut: report," 10 Feb. 2020 The woman spent more than three weeks in the hospital and has had lasting health effects, according to the suit. Raquel Rutledge, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Woman stabbed leaving Columbia St. Mary's garage sues hospital over lack of security," 10 Feb. 2020 The red carpet is being rolled out two to three weeks earlier than usual in a bid to freshen up a ceremony and potentially boost ratings. Author: Jake Coyle, Anchorage Daily News, "From Pitt to ’1917,′ what to anticipate at Sunday’s Oscars," 9 Feb. 2020 Most American employers are required to provide unpaid leave for up to 12 weeks under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993. Connor Pittman, Dallas News, "First-time survey shows Dallas law firms offer generous paid parental leave," 7 Feb. 2020 Many manufacturers have yet to feel the impact because factories closed for up to three weeks ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday. Fox News, "How has coronavirus affected China's and the world’s economy compared to SARS outbreak?," 5 Feb. 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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15 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Week.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/week. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce week (audio)

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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