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Pronunciation: /wiːk

Definition of week in English:


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 during a week: 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.
1.4British 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'.


a week on ——

Seven days after the specified day or date: we’ll be back a week on 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.

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