dur·​ing | \ ˈdu̇r-iŋ How to pronounce during (audio) 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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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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Recent Examples on the Web The Narendra Modi government plans to launch a television channel focused on nurturing and supporting startup activity in the country, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said during her union budget speech today (July 5). Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "India will soon launch a dedicated TV channel for startup entrepreneurs," 5 July 2019 Our thoughts continue to be with the Chapman family during this difficult time. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Dog the Bounty Hunter Posts Sweet Throwback Video of Beth Chapman Singing to Bruno Mars," 5 July 2019 William Davis, chief deputy of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, said during a news conference Thursday afternoon at the agency’s headquarters in Bel Air. Erika Butler, baltimoresun.com, "Police: 15-year-old shot, killed in Edgewood was targeted," 4 July 2019 There are still questions as to whether or not women will be allowed to retain the growth earned during the past 121 months. Kynala Phillips, Essence, "In 2019, Black And Brown Women Dominate The Job Force," 4 July 2019 The Union entered its June skid having only allowed 14 goals and notching seven shutouts, but then allowed 11 goals during the month. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City set for back-to-back bouts with Philadelphia Union," 4 July 2019 For nine years, the beloved Savannah, Georgia institution has offered free ice cream to kids who recited the Pledge of Allegiance when visiting the shop during the month of July. Rebecca Angel Baer, Southern Living, "I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Free Leopold’s Ice Cream," 4 July 2019 But responsibility for coordinating the burial services was caught up in a tug of war during the recent city budget process — and some advocates worry about its future. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville funerals for people without loved ones nearly lost in city budget tug of war," 3 July 2019 The 33-year-old soccer star was one of the first players–and the first white or female athlete–to join former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in kneeling during the national anthem in 2016. Emily Caron, SI.com, "Megan Rapinoe: 'I Am Particularly and Uniquely and Very Deeply American'," 3 July 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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“During.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/during. Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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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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