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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Synonyms for during

Synonyms

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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In addition to chatting with Heughan, during his visit today, Prince Charles met with students, took in a few performances, and even painted a prop! Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Outlander Actor Sam Heughan Shares a Laugh with Prince Charles in Scotland," 3 May 2019 Navi will launch during the third quarter, Su said. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "AMD upends GPU tradition by launching 'Navi' as a lower-end part," 30 Apr. 2019 Asian-Americans made up only 4% of Broadway roles during the 2015-16 season. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "Stephanie Hsu Is Using the Zany, Magic Power of "Be More Chill" to Transform Broadway," 24 Apr. 2019 Safe to say, after the craziness that ensued in episode 22, fans will never, ever take any moment of peace during season 15 for granted again. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Grey's Anatomy' Fans Are EXPLODING Over What Happened With Jo and Alex," 19 Apr. 2019 Each full moon had a different name to reflect what was going on during that particular season, according to the Farmer’s Almanac. Allure, "A Pink Moon Arrives on Friday — Here's What That Means for You," 18 Apr. 2019 Users will need to let their PC stand for approximately 15 minutes, during which the updates should take effect. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Sophos, Avast warn of Windows machines failing to boot after latest Microsoft patch," 15 Apr. 2019 All too often, though, these bets are blowing up, creating fireworks during earnings season for a once-staid industry. ... Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "Why Retail Stocks Keep Blowing Up," 8 Mar. 2019 It’s no coincidence the program takes place during Earth Month: Target works with a partner, Waste Management, to ensure the older car seats are properly recycled. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "Here's When Target's Popular Car Seat Trade-In Event Is Happening," 9 Apr. 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

preposition

English Language Learners Definition of during

: throughout the entire time of (an event, period, occurrence, etc.)
: at some time in the course of (something)

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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