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duration

[doo-rey-shuh n, dyoo-] /dʊˈreɪ ʃən, dyʊ-/
noun
1.
the length of time something continues or exists (often used with the).
2.
continuance in time.
3.
(in the philosophy of Bergson) a temporal continuum, intuitively known, within which the élan vital operates.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin dūrātiōn- (stem of dūrātiō), equivalent to Latin dūrāt(us) (past participle of dūrāre to last; see dure2) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
durational, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for durational

duration

/djʊˈreɪʃən/
noun
1.
the length of time that something lasts or continues
Derived Forms
durational, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin dūrātiō, from Latin dūrāre to last
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Word Origin and History for durational

duration

n.

late 14c., from Old French duration, from Medieval Latin durationem (nominative duratio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin durare "harden" (see endure). Old legalese phrase for the duration popularized 1916 in reference to British enlistments in World War I.

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