Definition of week in English:

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Pronunciation: /wēk/


1A period of seven days: the course lasts sixteen weeks he’d cut the grass a week ago
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  • 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.
  • I must apologize to a reader who wrote me concerning last month's column a week or two ago.
1.1The period of seven days generally reckoned from and to midnight on Saturday night: she has an art class twice a week
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  • Bizarre moment of the week came last night, as I was driving along Western Road in Hove.
  • I have been working seven days a week for the past four years and it has been pretty tiring.
  • We are completely sleep-deprived, running on 3 hours of sleep a night for the past week.
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
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  • Mr Hamer said he expected to stay open to midnight on week nights and a bit later on weekends.
1.3The time spent working in the workday period of five to seven days: she works a 48-hour week
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  • It will not be useful to my work, as I am an office clerk, but I spent three hours each week at it.
  • The second half of the week was spent discussing issues that affect us all.
  • The remainder of their week is spent split evenly between the classroom and the workplace.
1.4A 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
1.5 informal, chiefly British 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



week after week

During each successive week, especially over a long period: week after week of overcast skies
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  • 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.
  • There are many stories played out week after week but who is telling them?

week by week

Gradually and steadily over the weeks: Monday evening demonstrations grew week by week
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  • There's a website that documents the production of the film, 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.
  • Since that win the confidence has grown week by week.

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
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  • A week on Sunday they are at home to Farsley in the cup.
  • 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.

week in, week out

Every week without exception.
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  • He always gives 100 per cent week in, week out, is a very consistent player and is somebody youngsters can look up to.
  • Our loyal supporters who turn out week in, week out always have plenty to say and they ask questions - and want answers.
  • 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.


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

  • An Old English word that is probably from a root meaning ‘sequence, series’. The seven-day week used in the Hebrew and then the Christian calendar corresponds to the biblical creation story, in which God created the universe in six days then rested on the seventh. The Romans, who adopted it in ad 321, would have brought this week over to Britain. ‘A week is a long time in politics’ was first said by Harold Wilson, the British Labour prime minister, at the time of the 1964 sterling crisis. Wilson came up with a number of memorable phrases, including ‘the gnomes of Zurich’, to describe Swiss financiers (1956), ‘the university of the air’ (1963) as a name for the Open University, which his government founded, and ‘the pound here in Britain, in your pocket, or purse, or bank’ (1967), which is often quoted as ‘the pound in your pocket’. See also tuesday

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