Definition of week in English:



  • 1A period of seven days.

    ‘the course lasts sixteen weeks’
    ‘he'd cut the grass a week ago’
    • ‘I look forward to sharing more of my life with you over the coming weeks, months and years.’
    • ‘Whether you hold them for weeks, months or years, shares are simply a means to a financial end.’
    • ‘This was not the case if you looked at polls as recently as a month or six 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.’
    • ‘Two weeks ago my left ear gave early signs of problems, a little sore and deaf.’
    • ‘His reluctance did not change in the weeks, months and years afterwards.’
    • ‘Planners hope to complete the program by the end of the month or the first week in February.’
    • ‘The battle for a new civic hall began a year ago, within weeks of the previous hall burning down.’
    • ‘The truth is our patience should have been exhausted weeks and months and years ago.’
    • ‘The horse's regular rider Jim Culloty has been sidelined for several weeks after breaking his thumb two weeks ago.’
    • ‘Psychological trauma would remain with them for weeks, months, years, or even decades.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Days turned into weeks, weeks turned into months and winter was coming to an end.’
    • ‘How the military action evolves in the coming weeks, months or years is open to speculation.’
    • ‘He was known to work seven days a week, 52 weeks of the year, even at Christmas if needed.’
    • ‘All of them will certainly be praying for the strength to get through the next few weeks and months and years.’
    • ‘I must apologize to a reader who wrote me concerning last month's column a week or two ago.’
    • ‘The course is expected to run one day a week for seven weeks, starting Monday January 27.’
    • ‘The days turned into weeks and the weeks into months until the day after the twins' fourth birthday.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Two cars were also left burned out in one estate during the week of Bonfire Night.’
      • ‘Jeff and Eric are available to catch snakes at anytime of the day or night, seven days week.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Despite the harsh conditions they never take a day off, working seven days a week in any weather.’
      • ‘For the immediate future, he will be confining his training to one night a week with each team.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It often feels like you could attend a literary event every night of the week if you wanted to.’
      • ‘We empty it roughly twice a week in winter and much more regularly in the summer.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Owners can use the property for two weeks in the summer season and six weeks during winter.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The group has drawn up a short list of candidates to replace Mellor, but will not name his successor next week.’
      • ‘I haven't had as much time at home recently with late nights at work, weeks away and now assignments to plan.’
      • ‘It generally is the quietest night of the week but I have never seen town so dead.’
    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 during a week.
      ‘she works a 48-hour week’
      • ‘It will not be useful to my work, as I am an office clerk, but I spent three hours each week at it.’
      • ‘The memo says the only alternative to redundancies would be a reduction in the working week from five to three days.’
      • ‘The union is campaigning for an increase in pay and a cut in the working week to 32 hours.’
      • ‘Work started a couple of weeks ago, a year after I'd first requested it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Vince Dubé worked in the produce section at the store for a year before quitting two weeks ago.’
      • ‘Anyhow, it has, needless to say, been something of a busy week, mainly spent writing.’
      • ‘Most of last week was spent concentrating on trying to get the pitch dry because of all the rain we had.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The offer includes a fixed sum of three months pay plus two weeks pay for each year of service.’
      • ‘The team's courses are run for two hours a week for seven weeks.’
    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’


  • a week on —

    • Seven days after the specified day or date.

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

    • Every week without exception.

      • ‘He wants to be playing for Celtic week in, week out.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Murray seems to have realised he is not fit enough to stand the rigours of competing at the highest level, week in, week out.’
      • ‘He always gives 100 per cent week in, week out, is a very consistent player and is somebody youngsters can look up to.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Leicester have been playing together week in, week out.’
      • ‘As long as he's up there, he won't be playing against top class opposition 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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Old English wice, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch week and German Woche, from a base probably meaning ‘sequence, series’.