[doo r-ing, dyoo r-]


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]

verb (used with or without object), dured, dur·ing. Archaic.

Origin of dure

1225–75; Middle English < Old French durer < Latin dūrāre to last; see dure1
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Examples from the Web for during

Contemporary Examples of during

Historical Examples of during

  • And were you as unhappy as you expected to be during this visit?


    Lydia Maria Child

  • During the whole of the ensuing day, Paralus continued in a deep sleep.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • No woman was allowed to enter Olympia, during the celebration of the games.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • Often, during a thunderstorm a tree had been hit by lightning.

    Ancient Man

    Hendrik Willem van Loon

  • During this session other difficulties were encountered by the Ministry.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

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 for during

C14: from duren to last, ultimately from Latin dūrāre to last
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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").

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