dur·​ing | \ ˈdu̇r-iŋ also ˈdyu̇r- How to pronounce during (audio) \

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

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Synonyms for during


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

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Examples of during in a Sentence

She swims every day during the summer. We got along well during the trip. He worked in the field during most of the day. During the interview, they asked about my previous jobs. The fire alarm went off during the ceremony.
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Typical Tesla cheekiness, which CEO Elon Musk referenced multiple times during the unveiling. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "Tesla Reveals the New Model Y Crossover," 15 Mar. 2019 Among the most popular locations to visit during the National Cherry Blossom Festival are the Jefferson Memorial, The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and The FDR Memorial as well as at the Tidal Basin. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "This Is When The Cherry Blossoms Will Peak in Washington D.C," 15 Mar. 2019 Then, during the plank portion, press down through your palms (not just your fingertips) and keep your shoulder blades engaged. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "A Total-Body HIIT Workout You Can Do in Under 15 Minutes From Celebrity Trainer Jeanette Jenkins," 14 Mar. 2019 The Perfect Room evolved from design boot camps Kathryn hosted during the recession, helping people hone their sense of style. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "You Can Now Get Designers' Most Iconic Looks in Your Own Home," 14 Mar. 2019 The couple, who work in finance, wanted a place to come during July and August, where their two teenage boys could have plenty of freedom and access to activities. Nancy Hass, ELLE Decor, "This Brian J. McCarthy-Designed Hamptons Home is Filled with the Unexpected," 13 Mar. 2019 Nearly 40 percent of adults and 18.5 percent of kids were classified as obese during the report period, and 7.7 percent of adults and 5.6 percent of children were classified as severely obese. Korin Miller, SELF, "Almost Half of All U.S. Adults Have Heart Disease or High Blood Pressure," 31 Jan. 2019 Those lessons are getting put to the test during the shutdown. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "These Women Are Still Waiting for Their Paycheck Because of the Government Shutdown," 11 Jan. 2019 Just last month, the Duchess of Cambridge paid tribute to her late mother-in-law during a visit to Dundee, by wearing Diana's Sapphire earrings, which perfectly matched her engagement ring. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Paid Tribute to Princess Diana at the BAFTAs with the Perfect Pair of Earrings," 10 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of during

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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 tree entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of during

: throughout the entire time of (an event, period, occurrence, etc.)
: at some time in the course of (something)


dur·​ing | \ ˌdu̇r-iŋ How to pronounce during (audio) , ˌdyu̇r-\

Kids Definition of during

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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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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