Definition of week in English:



  • 1A period of seven days.

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


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