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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The sarcophagus, which is a tomb that is sometimes buried, was discovered July 1 during routine excavation work for the construction of a new building in Alexandria’s Sidi Gaber district, according to the Ministry of Antiquities. Abigail Abrams, Time, "A Mysterious Sarcophagus That May Not Have Been Opened in 2,000 Years Was Found in Egypt," 14 July 2018 In 1945, Italy formally declared war on Japan, its former Axis partner during World War II. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 14 July 2018 Both men suffered non-life-threatening injuries during the exchange and are expected to recover. Cincinnati.com, "Two men injured after Friday night shooting in Pendleton County, police say," 14 July 2018 The president decided to largely avoid London during his trip, perhaps mindful of being confronted or associated with a mass display of public rejection. NBC News, "Trump arrives in Scotland for quiet weekend of golf after tumultuous week on world stage," 14 July 2018 Florida, Pittsburgh, Illinois, Oklahoma and Iowa State all offered scholarships during the tournament. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Pendleton County star Dontaie Allen shines as Calipari and Mack watch," 14 July 2018 Those moments are always personal, but yesterday was especially intimate: T. Swift stopped in Philadelphia as part of her Reputation world tour, and during a meet-and-greet, a fan proposed to his girlfriend right in front of her. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Taylor Swift Had the Best Reaction When Two Super-Fans Got Engaged Right in Front of Her," 14 July 2018 The talks Sunday are expected to involve officials from the Pentagon and the U.N. Command, which commanded U.S.-led allied forces during the war and is involved in maintaining the armistice that ended the fighting in 1953. Matthew Pennington, Fox News, "Trump tweets 'very nice note' from North Korea's Kim Jong Un," 13 July 2018 The interview, published during a gala dinner May hosted for Trump at Blenheim Palace, appeared to further ratchet up tensions in a relationship that’s been fraught since the president assumed office. Fortune, "Trump Apologizes to May and Vows U.K. Trade Deal After Brexit," 13 July 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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