Definition of week in English:



  • 1A period of seven days.

    ‘the course lasts sixteen weeks’
    ‘he'd cut the grass a week ago’
    • ‘Whether you hold them for weeks, months or years, shares are simply a means to a financial end.’
    • ‘The days turned into weeks and the weeks into months until the day after the twins' fourth birthday.’
    • ‘Psychological trauma would remain with them for weeks, months, years, or even decades.’
    • ‘Two weeks ago my left ear gave early signs of problems, a little sore and deaf.’
    • ‘The battle for a new civic hall began a year ago, within weeks of the previous hall burning down.’
    • ‘Planners hope to complete the program by the end of the month or the first week in February.’
    • ‘All of them will certainly be praying for the strength to get through the next few weeks and months and years.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The truth is our patience should have been exhausted weeks and months and years ago.’
    • ‘I know your new years' resolutions were probably broken weeks ago, but there's always a chance to turn over a new leaf.’
    • ‘Days turned into weeks and weeks into months until Alleyne and I had been gone a year.’
    • ‘His reluctance did not change in the weeks, months and years afterwards.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So I had to spend weeks and weeks and months and months, all the way through the year, trying to find players.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    break, rest, period of leave, day off, week off, month off, recess, school holiday, half-term
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    1. 1.1The period of seven days generally reckoned from and to midnight on Saturday night.
      ‘she has an art class twice a week’
      • ‘Jeff and Eric are available to catch snakes at anytime of the day or night, seven days week.’
      • ‘Having to wake up at 6am again, after a couple of weeks of late nights and late mornings, is hard.’
      • ‘Every night of the week someone decides to take a chance and drive home when they shouldn't.’
      • ‘Two cars were also left burned out in one estate during the week of Bonfire Night.’
      • ‘Looking after William, even for one Saturday every three weeks, is hard work, the pair admit.’
      • ‘Owners can use the property for two weeks in the summer season and six weeks during winter.’
      • ‘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 group has drawn up a short list of candidates to replace Mellor, but will not name his successor next week.’
      • ‘It has been a long week of late nights and early mornings, with busy days sandwiched in between.’
      • ‘It generally is the quietest night of the week but I have never seen town so dead.’
      • ‘I have been working seven days a week for the past four years and it has been pretty tiring.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The factory shop will initially create two new jobs and will be open seven days a week in the run-up to Christmas.’
      • ‘We are completely sleep-deprived, running on 3 hours of sleep a night for the past week.’
      • ‘We empty it roughly twice a week in winter and much more regularly in the summer.’
      • ‘I haven't had as much time at home recently with late nights at work, weeks away and now assignments to plan.’
      • ‘New figures released last week indicate that most of us are earning much more than ever before.’
      • ‘Bizarre moment of the week came last night, as I was driving along Western Road in Hove.’
      • ‘Please take note in your diary that there is a change of night for this week's whist.’
      • ‘It often feels like you could attend a literary event every night of the week if you wanted to.’
      • ‘Despite the harsh conditions they never take a day off, working seven days a week in any weather.’
    2. 1.2Workdays 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. 1.3The time spent working during a week.
      ‘she works a 48-hour week’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘On average, the working week is two hours longer in the east compared to the west.’
      • ‘The following week was literally spent recovering while trying to work as usual.’
      • ‘Most of last week was spent concentrating on trying to get the pitch dry because of all the rain we had.’
      • ‘I spent weeks interviewing and hiring the co-op student that would replace me.’
      • ‘The union is campaigning for an increase in pay and a cut in the working week to 32 hours.’
      • ‘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 offer includes a fixed sum of three months pay plus two weeks pay for each year of service.’
      • ‘The remainder of their week is spent split evenly between the classroom and the workplace.’
      • ‘The second half of the week was spent discussing issues that affect us all.’
      • ‘The memo says the only alternative to redundancies would be a reduction in the working week from five to three days.’
      • ‘Work started a couple of weeks ago, a year after I'd first requested it.’
      • ‘Vince Dubé worked in the produce section at the store for a year before quitting two weeks ago.’
    4. 1.4British informal Used after the name of a day to indicate that something will happen seven days after that day.
      ‘the programme 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.