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[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
1350-1400; Middle English; see dure2, -ing2


[doo r, dyoo r] /dʊər, dyʊər/
verb (used without object), verb (used with object), dured, during. Archaic.
1225-75; Middle English < Old French durer < Latin dūrāre to last; see dure1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for during
  • In fact, both are known to decrease during stepped-up activity, including exercise.
  • Brain scans of a speaker and listener showed their neural activity synchronizing during storytelling.
  • during a cardiac event, blood flow to the heart ceases.
  • during activity the granular zone gradually diminishes in size, and when exhausted is only seen as a small area next to the lumen.
  • Yes, science, of which there is plenty to be had during any sporting event.
  • during the fighting, students on higher floors dropped books down on the police, and captured the scuffle on video.
  • There's no down time during the process, and anything you say and do at any time will be noted and filed away.
  • during a thunderstorm, a glowing ball the size of your head suddenly appears.
  • Support for redistribution, surprisingly enough, has plummeted during the recession.
  • The idea that ocean basins can flood catastrophically during periods of rising sea levels is nothing new in geology.
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
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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").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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