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[ door-ing, dyoor- ]


  1. throughout the duration, continuance, or existence of:

    He lived in Florida during the winter.

  2. at some time or point in the course of:

    They departed during the night.


/ ˈdjʊərɪŋ /


  1. concurrently with (some other activity)

    kindly don't sleep during my lectures!

  2. within the limit of (a period of time)

    during the day

“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

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Word History and Origins

Origin of during1

First recorded in 1350–1400; dure 2 + -ing 2
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Word History and Origins

Origin of during1

C14: from duren to last, ultimately from Latin dūrāre to last
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Example Sentences

After the screening, Jolie, who says she renewed her faith in “the divine” during filming, met briefly with the pope.

Duke was a state representative whose neo-Nazi alliances were disgorged in media reports during his run for governor in 1991.

At some point during his busy schedule, Israel found the time to write a book, titled The Global War on Morris.

In fact, he's not even high on the list of NFL players one jerks off too during halftime at Gillette Stadium.

Lalo insisted during a recent interview that they encountered Chito “and his people by accident.”

During the first week, not a day passed without smart skirmishes.

Indeed, a score of bodies lying there had not been seen by Malcolm during his first frenzied examination of the house.

Thus he continued to rush over the frozen sea during a considerable part of that night.

He sympathized with that movement which, during his childhood, culminated in the Cavite Conspiracy (vide p. 106).

Two unsophisticated country lasses visited Niblo's in New York during the ballet season.


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More About During

What does during mean?

During means throughout the entire time or at a certain point in time when something was happening.

During is a preposition, which is a type of word used before a noun or pronoun to relate it to another part of the sentence, especially to express a relationship based on space or time. During expresses a relationship based on time—it indicates that something happened not before or after something else, but at the same time.

It can mean that something occurred continuously while something else was happening, as in We stayed inside during the storm. 

Or it can mean that something occurred at a certain time or times while something else was happening, as in I only left the house once during the storm. 

When used in a sentence, during is usually followed by a noun or pronoun that indicates the time frame or event in which the action has taken place, as in during our vacation or during Spanish class or during the game.

Example: I hate how hot it gets during the summer.

Where does during come from?

The first records of the word during come from the 1300s. It ultimately comes from the Latin dūrāre, meaning “to last.” The same root forms the basis of other words related to how long things last: endure, endurance, and duration.

During is always used when two things are happening simultaneously or concurrently—meaning they’re happening at the same time. In other words, during can be used whenever an action overlaps with another action or even—whether they overlap for the entirety of the time or just at certain points. If an action happens within the time frame of an event, it happens during it.

Saying you ran on the track team during high school means you did it while you were a high school student. Saying you went to get a snack during the movie means you did it while the movie was still on.

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During is an extremely common word that’s used to indicate when certain actions were taken in relation to another event.



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The parking lot will be closed during the parade.