Definition of week in US English:

week

noun

  • 1A period of seven days.

    ‘the course lasts sixteen weeks’
    ‘he'd cut the grass a week ago’
    • ‘Days turned into weeks and weeks into months until Alleyne and I had been gone a year.’
    • ‘Two weeks ago my left ear gave early signs of problems, a little sore and deaf.’
    • ‘I know your new years' resolutions were probably broken weeks ago, but there's always a chance to turn over a new leaf.’
    • ‘The days turned into weeks and the weeks into months until the day after the twins' fourth birthday.’
    • ‘Whether you hold them for weeks, months or years, shares are simply a means to a financial end.’
    • ‘Psychological trauma would remain with them for weeks, months, years, or even decades.’
    • ‘I look forward to sharing more of my life with you over the coming weeks, months and years.’
    • ‘The horse's regular rider Jim Culloty has been sidelined for several weeks after breaking his thumb two weeks ago.’
    • ‘All of them will certainly be praying for the strength to get through the next few weeks and months and years.’
    • ‘The course is expected to run one day a week for seven weeks, starting Monday January 27.’
    • ‘He was known to work seven days a week, 52 weeks of the year, even at Christmas if needed.’
    • ‘How the military action evolves in the coming weeks, months or years is open to speculation.’
    • ‘The battle for a new civic hall began a year ago, within weeks of the previous hall burning down.’
    • ‘I must apologize to a reader who wrote me concerning last month's column a week or two ago.’
    • ‘This was not the case if you looked at polls as recently as a month or six weeks ago.’
    • ‘The truth is our patience should have been exhausted weeks and months and years ago.’
    • ‘Planners hope to complete the program by the end of the month or the first week in February.’
    • ‘So I had to spend weeks and weeks and months and months, all the way through the year, trying to find players.’
    • ‘His reluctance did not change in the weeks, months and years afterwards.’
    • ‘Days turned into weeks, weeks turned into months and winter was coming to an end.’
    break, rest, period of leave, day off, week off, month off, recess, school holiday, half-term
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    1. 1.1 The period of seven days generally reckoned from and to midnight on Saturday night.
      ‘she has an art class twice a week’
      • ‘I have been working seven days a week for the past four years and it has been pretty tiring.’
      • ‘I haven't had as much time at home recently with late nights at work, weeks away and now assignments to plan.’
      • ‘Owners can use the property for two weeks in the summer season and six weeks during winter.’
      • ‘It generally is the quietest night of the week but I have never seen town so dead.’
      • ‘Bizarre moment of the week came last night, as I was driving along Western Road in Hove.’
      • ‘Looking after William, even for one Saturday every three weeks, is hard work, the pair admit.’
      • ‘Every night of the week someone decides to take a chance and drive home when they shouldn't.’
      • ‘Having to wake up at 6am again, after a couple of weeks of late nights and late mornings, is hard.’
      • ‘We are completely sleep-deprived, running on 3 hours of sleep a night for the past week.’
      • ‘For the immediate future, he will be confining his training to one night a week with each team.’
      • ‘It has been a long week of late nights and early mornings, with busy days sandwiched in between.’
      • ‘At the moment it is potentially one night extra a week and not huge commitment, and my wife's quite used to it now.’
      • ‘The factory shop will initially create two new jobs and will be open seven days a week in the run-up to Christmas.’
      • ‘New figures released last week indicate that most of us are earning much more than ever before.’
      • ‘Jeff and Eric are available to catch snakes at anytime of the day or night, seven days week.’
      • ‘We empty it roughly twice a week in winter and much more regularly in the summer.’
      • ‘The group has drawn up a short list of candidates to replace Mellor, but will not name his successor next week.’
      • ‘Please take note in your diary that there is a change of night for this week's whist.’
      • ‘Two cars were also left burned out in one estate during the week of Bonfire Night.’
      • ‘Despite the harsh conditions they never take a day off, working seven days a week in any weather.’
      • ‘We have made it compulsory for the first year students to attend classes twice a week in the lab.’
      • ‘It often feels like you could attend a literary event every night of the week if you wanted to.’
    2. 1.2 Workdays as opposed to the weekend; the five days from Monday to Friday.
      ‘I work during the week, so I can only get to this shop on Saturdays’
      • ‘Mr Hamer said he expected to stay open to midnight on week nights and a bit later on weekends.’
    3. 1.3 The time spent working in the workday period of five to seven days.
      ‘she works a 48-hour week’
      • ‘The second half of the week was spent discussing issues that affect us all.’
      • ‘The team's courses are run for two hours a week for seven weeks.’
      • ‘Anyhow, it has, needless to say, been something of a busy week, mainly spent writing.’
      • ‘On average, the working week is two hours longer in the east compared to the west.’
      • ‘The latter could see teachers from all four unions limiting their working weeks to 35 hours.’
      • ‘It will not be useful to my work, as I am an office clerk, but I spent three hours each week at it.’
      • ‘Work started a couple of weeks ago, a year after I'd first requested it.’
      • ‘Most of last week was spent concentrating on trying to get the pitch dry because of all the rain we had.’
      • ‘Vince Dubé worked in the produce section at the store for a year before quitting two weeks ago.’
      • ‘The remainder of their week is spent split evenly between the classroom and the workplace.’
      • ‘The memo says the only alternative to redundancies would be a reduction in the working week from five to three days.’
      • ‘The following week was literally spent recovering while trying to work as usual.’
      • ‘The union is campaigning for an increase in pay and a cut in the working week to 32 hours.’
      • ‘I spent weeks interviewing and hiring the co-op student that would replace me.’
      • ‘The offer includes a fixed sum of three months pay plus two weeks pay for each year of service.’
    4. 1.4 A period of five or seven days devoted to a specified purpose or beginning on a specified day.
      ‘Super Bowl week’
      ‘the week of June 23’
    5. 1.5British informal Used after the name of a day to indicate that something will happen seven days after that day.
      ‘the program will be broadcast on Sunday week’

Phrases

  • week in, week out

    • Every week without exception.

      • ‘Unlike the European Ryder Cup side, most of the players in the President's Cup play against each other week in, week out on the PGA Tour.’
      • ‘We are building up a loyal following now of people who come week in, week out to see us and that is what we had hoped for.’
      • ‘These people do a marvellous job week in, week out.’
      • ‘‘We have a vandalism problem all the time, week in, week out,’ Mr White told The Democrat.’
      • ‘He always gives 100 per cent week in, week out, is a very consistent player and is somebody youngsters can look up to.’
      • ‘Leicester have been playing together week in, week out.’
      • ‘Murray seems to have realised he is not fit enough to stand the rigours of competing at the highest level, week in, week out.’
      • ‘As long as he's up there, he won't be playing against top class opposition week in, week out.’
      • ‘He wants to be playing for Celtic week in, week out.’
      • ‘Our loyal supporters who turn out week in, week out always have plenty to say and they ask questions - and want answers.’
      repeatedly, again and again, over and over, over and over again, time and again, time and time again, frequently, often, many times, many a time, time after time, on many occasions, many times over
      repeatedly, again and again, over and over, over and over again, time and again, time and time again, frequently, often, many times, many a time, time after time, day after day, on many occasions, many times over
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  • week after week

    • During each successive week, especially over a long period.

      ‘week after week of overcast skies’
      • ‘In its first year, this event had proved to be a tremendous success, attracting big crowds week after week.’
      • ‘You need at least one person who can devote at least 20 hours a week to it, week after week.’
      • ‘Viewers are turning these shows on week after week.’
      • ‘Lives are wrecked week after week as so-called scandals are broken’
      • ‘Or maybe I'll just give it to the people who actually tune into these shows week after week.’
      • ‘He came to our house week after week, going home on Friday afternoon and returning on Sunday evening.’
      • ‘It is one more example of turning a five-minute comedy routine into the same jokes week after week.’
      • ‘The same faces keep showing up at the pay window, week after week.’
      • ‘These companies were made up of a permanent cast of actors who presented different plays week after week.’
      • ‘Over the next four months, I found myself drawn back week after week, hoping to understand the magic.’
      • ‘I can hardly stand seeing him in so much pain, day after day, week after week.’
      • ‘There are many stories played out week after week but who is telling them?’
      • ‘Yet here he is, week after week, and he's here by choice.’
      • ‘I was doing the same workouts week after week - too much cardio and almost no weight training.’
  • week by week

    • Gradually and steadily over the weeks.

      ‘Monday evening demonstrations grew week by week’
      • ‘He said the company was growing, winning new business week by week and was expecting to make announcements about new contracts soon.’
      • ‘The image of the town continues to change practically week by week.’
      • ‘I watched them grow week by week, touch by touch.’
      • ‘We're addressing things week by week and we're starting to get more and more understanding about what we're doing.’
      • ‘There's a website that documents the production of the film, week by week.’
      • ‘Since that win the confidence has grown week by week.’
      • ‘This sort of decision should be made week by week or month by month.’
      • ‘We're getting stronger week by week and we're adding players to improve the squad.’
      • ‘He said: ‘Only last week, traders complained to me that trade is falling week by week.’’
      • ‘The prize money is mounting week by week and now stands at £4,700.’
  • a week from —

    • Used to state that something is due to happen seven days after the specified day or date.

      ‘we'll be back a week from Friday’
      • ‘An announcement is expected to be made a week on Wednesday.’
      • ‘Leicester's next match is against Leeds a week on Wednesday.’
      • ‘The Olympic flame, which left Athens on June 2, will arrive in London from Paris a week on Saturday.’
      • ‘The first Test begins in Brisbane a week on Saturday.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, goalkeeper Chris Porter will be given his first City start against Yeovil Town a week on Saturday.’
      • ‘He's completely changed his plans and will have to move in a week on Wednesday, when the influenza will have gone.’
      • ‘The first house warming party is being held a week on Saturday.’
      • ‘A week on Sunday they are at home to Farsley in the cup.’
      • ‘They entertain Lyon a week on Wednesday in their second group encounter.’
      • ‘The Knights' next game is against National League Two leaders Keighley at Huntington Stadium a week on Sunday.’

Origin

Old English wice, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch week and German Woche, from a base probably meaning ‘sequence, series’.

Pronunciation

week

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