during

preposition
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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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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24 Sep 2022

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“During.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/during. Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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during

preposition
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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