\ 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 Among the majority of schools considered reopened, about 1 in 3 were allowing students to attend only a few days a week on a hybrid schedule, the data shows. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, "At least 8 states lift mask mandates; teachers unions call for reopening all schools this fall: Live COVID-19 updates," 14 May 2021 The elementary program will be synchronous five days a week. Kristen Griffith, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Carroll County schools lay out virtual learning plan for next school year," 14 May 2021 Elementary and middle school students will attend class four days a week, from 8 a.m. to noon, June 14 through July 9. Steve Sadin, chicagotribune.com, "Waukegan’s summer school program will give students ‘a chance to ease back into the classroom setting’," 14 May 2021 Pomroy suggests rotating at least two days of cardio a week — get your heart rate between 125 and 145 — and two days of heavy weights to create the micro tears that build muscle. Stephanie Emma Pfeffer, PEOPLE.com, "Packed on the Pandemic Pounds? Ditch the Guilt and Consider These Weight Loss Tips," 14 May 2021 Earlier on Thursday, Weingarten called for school buildings to be open five days a week next academic year, a significant turnaround for teachers unions that have voiced concerns about the safety of in-person learning since March 2020. BostonGlobe.com, "Mass. teachers union follows national labor push for a full school reopening this fall," 13 May 2021 The head of America's second-largest teachers' union is calling for all public schools to open five days a week this fall, pushing forcefully for in-person learning over the uneven progress made by the Biden administration. NBC News, "National teachers' union president Randi Weingarten says schools must reopen in fall," 13 May 2021 For more news and analysis, sign up for our Essential Politics newsletter, sent to your inbox three days a week. Los Angeles Times, "Today’s Headlines: A push for early education," 13 May 2021 Most employees want to be in the office two or three days a week, based on a survey, wrote Carolyn Patterson, Yelp’s chief people officer. Roland Li, San Francisco Chronicle, "Yelp plans to reopen S.F. headquarters in November," 13 May 2021

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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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16 May 2021

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