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 Most states have turned to it this year during the pandemic to allow voting that helps avoid long lines and spreading the coronavirus. Lee Davidson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "After Trump attacks by-mail voting, Utah drop boxes that avoid Postal Service become extra popular," 26 Oct. 2020 That reverses the trend from 2019, when the Wolverines' offense repeatedly turned the ball over during the first half of the season. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football stock watch: Gemon Green plays well in first start at CB," 26 Oct. 2020 The state senator did speak to Wisconsin Eye on Sept. 3, during which he was asked about protests and policing. Laura Schulte, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "5th Congressional District preview: Senate Majority Leader Fitzgerald faces off against Navy veteran Palzewicz," 26 Oct. 2020 Legal sales would mean tax money for education and other services, and social-justice issues are also in play, after decades of enforcement during the war on drugs. Michael R. Blood, Anchorage Daily News, "Election could broaden the US marijuana market and sway federal policies," 26 Oct. 2020 Erdogan asked during a speech to members of his political party on Saturday. Washington Post, "France recalls ambassador from Turkey after Erdogan says Macron needs ‘mental’ treatment for comments on teacher beheading," 25 Oct. 2020 Erdogan asked rhetorically during his Justice and Development Party meeting in the central Anatolian city of Kayseri. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, "France pulls ambassador to Turkey after Erdogan calls for mental health check for Macron," 25 Oct. 2020 Erdogan asked rhetorically during his Justice and Development party meeting in the central Anatolian city of Kayseri. Sylvie Corbet, Star Tribune, "France reacts after Erdogan questions Macron's mental health," 24 Oct. 2020 Cubelic, who was the assigned sideline reporter to the game, was asked about the play during an interview on the SEC Network. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Lane Kiffin, Cole Cubelic on Shaun Shivers' controversial play in Auburn win: ‘He did touch it’," 24 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of during was in the 14th century

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29 Oct 2020

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“During.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/during. Accessed 29 Oct. 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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