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
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.
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 tree
First Known Use: 14th century
DURING Defined for English Language Learners
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
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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