dur·​ing ˈdu̇r-iŋ How to pronounce during (audio)
 also  ˈdyu̇r-
: throughout the duration of
swims every day during the summer
: at a point in the course of
was offered a job during a visit to the capital

Example Sentences

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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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“During.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/during. Accessed 27 Mar. 2023.

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dur·​ing ˌd(y)u̇r-iŋ How to pronounce during (audio)
: throughout the course of
swims every day during the summer
: at some time in the course of
you may call me during the day

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