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 Walk-up adoptions will take place during business hours, which are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Claire Rafford, The Indianapolis Star, 24 July 2021 Ozybko’s brother, John Donovan, was killed in action in 1951 during the Korean War. Emma Stein, Detroit Free Press, 24 July 2021 He and two others who turned professional during the pandemic were added to the U.S. team via international allocations. Dave Clark, The Enquirer, 24 July 2021 The event at a local park 5 miles from the White House marked Mr. Biden’s return to the kind of campaign setting he was forced to abandon due to the pandemic during the 2020 campaign. Ken Thomas, WSJ, 24 July 2021 The program offers minority coaches the chance to work with NFL coaching staffs during preseason training camps, and all 32 NFL teams participate every year. Siera Jones, The Courier-Journal, 24 July 2021 In November Haddish told PEOPLE her fitness and nutrition transformation during the COVID-19 pandemic quarantine was directly inspired by Griffith Joyner. Scott Huver, PEOPLE.com, 23 July 2021 With only the top two crews getting automatic berths to the finals, Rusher will have another shot at a medal during the repechage race Sunday at Sea Forest Waterway. Stacy St. Clair, chicagotribune.com, 23 July 2021 There's one moment in particular during season 2's adventure that Bailey can't wait for fans to see. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, 23 July 2021

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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 28 Jul. 2021.

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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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