work·​week | \ ˈwərk-ˌwēk How to pronounce workweek (audio) \

Definition of workweek

: the hours or days of work in a calendar week 40-hour workweek a 5-day workweek a shortened workweek

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Recent Examples on the Web Portland’s dry streak is expected to continue well into the workweek, as forecasters say the city’s next chance of rain doesn’t come until Thursday. oregonlive, "Portland metro Sunday weather: Get ready for another perfect fall day," 3 Nov. 2019 This is particularly true for those who skimp on sleep during the workweek, added Dr. Phyllis Zee, the chief of sleep medicine at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. Breeanna Hare, CNN, "How you should spend that extra hour from Daylight Saving Time, for your health," 31 Oct. 2019 There will be a string of sunny and pleasant days through the workweek, with the next system potentially bringing more rain by late Thursday into Friday. Leigh Morgan, al, "Update: Strong to severe storms possible for much of Alabama on Monday," 20 Oct. 2019 The board removed him as chairman Friday after the close of the workweek, saying the change would enable Muilenburg to focus on returning Boeing’s bestselling jet to service. Los Angeles Times, "Boeing CEO, removed as chairman, nears last chance on 737 Max," 14 Oct. 2019 Smithers was also said to have a receptionist who lived in a backroom during the workweek, as well as patients who slept outside and urinated in the parking lot, WSET-TV reports. Joelle Goldstein,, "Virginia Doctor Who Illegally Prescribed 500,000 Opioid Doses Sentenced to 40 Years in Prison," 3 Oct. 2019 A year after a summer storm flooded roads, collapsed roofs on the North Shore, derailed a train, and stranded cars throughout Greater Boston, the weekend’s pleasant weather is expected to extend into the workweek. Lucas Phillips,, "A mild week is expected with high temperatures in the 70s and 80s," 11 Aug. 2019 Microsoft launched a four-day workweek experiment earlier this year in one of the most unlikely places: Japan. Jena Mcgregor, Washington Post, "In overworked Japan, Microsoft tested a four-day workweek. Productivity soared 40 percent.," 4 Nov. 2019 The four-day workweek forced employees to use their time more efficiently, so many of the meetings were either cut, shortened or changed to virtual meetings instead of in-person, according to the outlet. Fox News, "Microsoft Japan experiments with 3-day weekend, productivity increases by nearly 40 percent," 4 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of workweek

1892, in the meaning defined above

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1 Dec 2019

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“Workweek.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of workweek

US : the total amount of hours or days that you spend working at a job in one week

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