Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know


[doo r-ing, dyoo r-] /ˈdʊər ɪŋ, ˈdyʊər-/
throughout the duration, continuance, or existence of:
He lived in Florida during the winter.
at some time or point in the course of:
They departed during the night.
Origin of during
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at dure2, -ing2


[doo r, dyoo r] /dʊər, dyʊər/
verb (used with or without object), dured, during. Archaic.
1225-75; Middle English < Old French durer < Latin dūrāre to last; see dure1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for during
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • during this service, the most perilous action occurred in which he was ever engaged.

  • There was a pause, during which the young educator's difficulties were brushed aside.

    Tutors' Lane Wilmarth Lewis
  • Hugh had never enjoyed the open air more than during this drive.

    The Crofton Boys Harriet Martineau
  • during his absence she thus repented, but no longer when he returned.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • during the struggle France was reduced to a mere shell of her former power.

    The American Empire Scott Nearing
British Dictionary definitions for during


concurrently with (some other activity): kindly don't sleep during my lectures!
within the limit of (a period of time): during the day
Word Origin
C14: from duren to last, ultimately from Latin dūrāre to last
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for during

late 14c., durand, present participle of obsolete verb duren "to last, endure" (mid-13c.), from Old French durer, from Latin durare "endure" (see endure). During the day really is "while the day endures," and the usage is a transference into English of a Latin ablative absolute (cf. durante bello "during (literally 'enduring') the war").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for during

All English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for during

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for during