duration

noun
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

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 Manor Hill Brewing will be there for the duration of the fair. Janet Kusterer, Baltimore Sun, 11 Aug. 2022 Also, whether the AAGPBL—unpopular with institutional Major League Baseball but a hit with the fans—will be allowed to survive, whether or not MLB shuts down for the duration. John Anderson, WSJ, 11 Aug. 2022 The real estate must be held for the duration of the residence in Anguilla. Andy J. Semotiuk, Forbes, 10 Aug. 2022 That should keep them all busy for the duration of the journey, one night, and indeed, director David Leitch never lets this thing slow down for a minute. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 7 Aug. 2022 Cowboy hats must be worn for the duration of the ceremony. Ali Ruth, The New Yorker, 4 Aug. 2022 Place the tip of your tongue behind your upper front teeth, leaving it there for the duration of the exercise. Emilia Benton, SELF, 4 Aug. 2022 The area just south of the intersection of 33rd and Knott will be closed for the duration of the project schedule. oregonlive, 3 Aug. 2022 Interest on those loans has also been set at zero percent for the duration of the pause. Sarah Ewall-wice, CBS News, 3 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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“Duration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/duration. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for duration

duration

noun
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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