du·​ra·​tion | \ du̇-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce duration (audio) also dyu̇- \

Definition of duration

1 : continuance in time gradually increase the duration of your workout
2 : the time during which something exists or lasts were there for the duration of the concert

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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 Having spent the duration of the NBA shutdown in San Antonio, Poeltl has seen enough reckless behavior lately to believe life in the confines of the Orlando bubble will be more sanitary than staying in South Texas. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "For Spurs, staying healthy requires teamwork," 6 July 2020 The bill slashed the duration of benefits and lowered maximum weekly payment amount from $535 to $350. Ava Kofman, ProPublica, "How North Carolina Transformed Itself Into the Worst State to Be Unemployed," 30 June 2020 Pinning down the precise duration of neutrons’ life has been much tougher than expected. Scott Hershberger, Scientific American, "How Long Do Neutrons Live? Space Probe Could Put Debate to Rest," 25 June 2020 However, McFarland said the review had not taken in account research done outside the US, which had shown that certain probiotics were effective in shortening the duration of acute diarrhea in children, particularly in developing countries. Katie Hunt, CNN, "Probiotics don't do much for most people's gut health despite the hype, review finds," 9 June 2020 In an effort to reduce the risk of transmission and keep cast and crew sane, the task force wants to limit the duration of work days and use fewer consecutive work days. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "Hollywood is getting back to work with new protocols that could change what we see on screen," 8 June 2020 Kelly wrote that the airline can’t control the duration of the pandemic, the speed of economic recovery or the return of customer demand. Dallas News, "Southwest Airlines offers ‘most generous buyout package in our history’ in effort to trim workforce," 1 June 2020 Passengers must wear masks and should remain seated with their party, six feet from others, for the duration of the cruise. Laura Johnston, cleveland, "Nautica Queen cancels all Cuyahoga River cruises for 2020," 13 July 2020 The police said the lake would remain closed to the public for the duration of the search — which shifted to a mission to recover Rivera's body by the following morning, as police had presumed her to be dead. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "Everything Naya Rivera Said About Being a Mom to Son Josey, 4½, Before Her Death," 13 July 2020

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First Known Use of duration

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for duration

see durance

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

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1 Aug 2020

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“Duration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/duration. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce duration (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of duration

: the length of time that something exists or lasts


du·​ra·​tion | \ du̇-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce duration (audio) , dyu̇- \

Kids Definition of duration

: the time during which something exists or lasts The illness is of short duration.

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