Definition of during in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈd(y)o͝oriNG/


1Throughout the course or duration of (a period of time): the restaurant is open during the day the period during which he grew to adulthood
More example sentences
  • So to catch these spring beasts you obviously need a water that is open during the spring period.
  • All that is needed is to keep an eye open during the normal course of your daily life.
  • The plans will be discussed during a public consultation period to be held soon.
throughout, through, in, in the course of, for the time of
1.1At a particular point in the course of: the stabbing took place during an argument at a party
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  • In May this year he was said to have put a gun to her head during an argument.
  • A senior police officer said her husband had confessed to hitting her during a row.
  • However during the argument, she cited my parents as a source for one of her arguments.


Late Middle English: present participle of the obsolete verb dure 'last, endure, extend', via Old French from Latin durare 'to last' (see duration).

Words that rhyme with during

mooring, reassuring, Turing

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Syllabification: dur·ing

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