du·​ra·​tion du̇-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce duration (audio)
 also  dyu̇-
: continuance in time
gradually increase the duration of your workout
: the time during which something exists or lasts
were there for the duration of the concert

Examples of duration in a Sentence

You should gradually increase the duration of your workout. for the whole duration of the speech the bored audience fidgeted
Recent Examples on the Web Potential Risks of a Rice Water Rinse Though rice water is considered safe for all hair types, frequency and duration of use should be adjusted for weak and damaged hair. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 19 Nov. 2023 Much will depend on the duration of the campaign in Gaza, and whether Israel achieves its ambitious goals of eliminating Hamas as a military and governing force in the territory, and recovering some 240 hostages. Neri Zilber, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 Nov. 2023 The same trend emerged following the Season 10 finale in May 2023, with podcast streams spiking after online searches for the topic peaked, extending the duration of the conversation well beyond the date of the season finale. Josh Taylor, Variety, 15 Nov. 2023 This can take anywhere from a few days to weeks, depending on the amount of alcohol consumed, the duration of drinking, individual health, and whether the person has developed a dependence on alcohol. Jake Parks, Discover Magazine, 15 Nov. 2023 Ideally, the flight will go into space and reach full duration, a 90-minute trip around the world that will end with a reentry and splashdown of the Starship upper stage in the Pacific Ocean northwest of Hawaii. Stephen Clark, Ars Technica, 8 Nov. 2023 Corrections that appeared in print on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2023. NATIONAL An article on Saturday about a temporary lift of the gag order imposed on former President Donald J. Trump referred incorrectly to the duration that a gag order imposed on Mr. Trump will be paused. New York Times, 8 Nov. 2023 The problem of people monopolizing spaces for extended periods can be addressed by signage postings limiting parking duration. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Nov. 2023 In their report, Zillow designed a dashboard to see how factors such as down payment percentages and interest payments affect breakeven durations. Sydney Lake, Fortune, 1 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History


see durance

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of duration was in the 14th century

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“Duration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/duration. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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du·​ra·​tion d(y)u̇-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce duration (audio)
: the time during which something exists or lasts

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