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Definition of week noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    week

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//wiːk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//wiːk//
     
     
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  1. 1  a period of seven days, either from Monday to Sunday or from Sunday to Saturday last/this/next week It rained all week. What day of the week is it? He comes to see us once a week.
  2. 2  any period of seven days a two-week vacation The course lasts five weeks. a week ago today (= seven days ago) I will be away for a couple of weeks. She'll be back in a week.
  3. 3  the five days other than Saturday and Sunday They live in town during the week and go to the country for the weekend. (British English) I never have the time to go out in the week.
  4. 4  the part of the week when you go to work a 35-hour week The firm is introducing a shorter working week.
  5. Word Origin Old English wice, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch week and German Woche, from a base probably meaning ‘sequence, series’.Extra examples How much do you earn per week? I go out most weekends, but rarely during the week. I haven’t seen him for weeks. I’ll have the report finished within the next couple of weeks. In just a few short weeks we’ll be going home. It hasn’t rained in weeks. It’s been a long week and I’m very tired. It’s been a very quiet week for me. It’s over a week since she called me. It’s the first time I’ve done a full week’s work since the accident. She works three days a week. The strike has entered its second week. The week passed very slowly. They won 1–0 for the fourth consecutive week. They’re paid by the week. This is a short week because of the public holiday. We spent two weeks in France last summer. We’ll be back in a week. Which day of the week was it? a reduction in the working week/​workweekIdioms
    the other day/morning/evening/week
     
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     recently I saw Jack the other day.
    today, tomorrow, Monday, etc. week (British English) (also a week (from) today, etc. North American English, British English)
     
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    seven days after the day that you mention I'll see you Thursday week.
     (informal) continuously for many weeks Week after week the drought continued.  as the weeks pass Week by week he grew a little stronger. happening every week Every Sunday, week in, week out, she goes to her parents for lunch.
    a week next/on/this Monday, etc., a week tomorrow, etc. (British English) (also a week from Monday, etc. North American English, British English)
     
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     seven days after the day that you mention It's my birthday a week on Tuesday.
    a week yesterday, last Monday, etc.
     
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     (especially British English) seven days before the day that you mention She started work a week yesterday.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: week