during

preposition dur·ing \ ˈdu̇r-iŋ also ˈdyu̇r- \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of during

1 : throughout the duration of
  • swims every day during the summer
2 : at a point in the course of
  • was offered a job during a visit to the capital

Examples of during in a Sentence

  1. She swims every day during the summer.

  2. We got along well during the trip.

  3. He worked in the field during most of the day.

  4. During the interview, they asked about my previous jobs.

  5. The fire alarm went off during the ceremony.

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Origin and Etymology of during

Middle English, from present participle of duren to last, from Anglo-French durer, from Latin durare to harden, endure, last, from durus hard; perhaps akin to Sanskrit dāru wood — more at 1tree

during Synonyms

Synonyms
amid (or amidst), by, over, pending, through, throughout

DURING Defined for English Language Learners

during

preposition

Definition of during for English Language Learners

  • : throughout the entire time of (an event, period, occurrence, etc.)

  • : at some time in the course of (something)


DURING Defined for Kids

during

preposition dur·ing \ ˌdu̇r-iŋ , ˌdyu̇r- \

Definition of during for Students

1 : throughout the course of
  • I swim every day during the summer.
2 : at some point in the course of
  • You may call me during the day.


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