dur·​ing | \ˈdu̇r-iŋ also ˈdyu̇r- \

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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Her day-to-day includes coming up with unique designs for Miansai’s women’s line, as well as putting on fashion show fundraisers during Miami Swim Week. Anny Choi, Vogue, "This Miami-Based Boss Lady’s Office Style Is Always Beach-Ready," 4 Dec. 2018 Shortly after announcing their engagement, Chopra and Jonas attended Ralph Lauren's anniversary show during New York Fashion Week, in September. Ana Colón, Glamour, "Here's Your First Look at Priyanka Chopra's Ralph Lauren Wedding Dress," 4 Dec. 2018 The testimony by Ramirez Abadia, known for radically altering his face through plastic surgery, came during the third week of the trial in federal court in Brooklyn. Tom Hays, The Seattle Times, "‘El Chapo’ consort opens up about cartels’ ruthlessness," 4 Dec. 2018 The officials said no attempts have been made to threaten the NRCC or its leadership during the recent campaign with exposure of the information. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Thousands of sensitive emails stolen in intrusion of Republican campaign arm," 4 Dec. 2018 The German cockroach appears to have made its way through Europe during the Seven Years War (1756-1763), a time when people were traversing Europe with containers large enough to hold quite a few cockroaches. Rob Dunn, Discover Magazine, "Our Attempts to Eradicate Insects are Just Making them Resistant to Pesticides," 16 Nov. 2018 After spending more than $20 million during both the 2014 and 2016 cycles, the NRA spent less than $10 million this cycle — one when the group was targeted by a viral gun control campaign waged by survivors of the Parkland school shooting. Aaron Rupar, Vox, "Marsha Blackburn is an NRA favorite. Her comments about the Thousand Oaks shooting show why.," 8 Nov. 2018 The two have brought in well over $70 million into the state during the general election, according to The Hill, and O’Rourke can thank grassroots campaigns for how competitive the race got, the Dallas News reported. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "2018 Midterms: Beto O'Rourke Appears to Have Lost to Ted Cruz in the Texas Senate Race," 7 Nov. 2018 The hotel where Elizabeth stays during her visit is the historic Griswold Inn, one of the oldest taverns in the country. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Hallmark's 'Christmas at Pemberley Manor' Was Filmed in This Connecticut Town You Can Visit," 27 Oct. 2018

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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, 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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