Definition of duration in English:


Line breaks: dur|ation
Pronunciation: /djʊˈreɪʃ(ə)n



for the duration

Until the end of something, especially a war.
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  • He trained for and entered the Royal Navy for the duration of the First World War.
  • They receive only travelling expenses plus board and lodging for the duration of the session.
  • Highways chiefs expect to keep both lanes open for the duration of the project which is scheduled to last until December this year.
informal For a very long time: once she sits down on that settee, she’ll be there for the duration
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  • Having been one of the last in I managed to be one of the first out, but as I looked behind me it appeared as if many of the mobsters were there for the duration.
  • Then she's held down protectively by her friend for the duration.
  • One of the aforementioned New York Friends offered to put me up in his new house for the duration.



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  • As soon as I started working with electronic musicians, circular breathing becomes a lot more useful because the durational sense can be really different.
  • This software program records both discrete events and durational measurements and stores them for later analysis.
  • At-risk infants may not be able to efficiently process sound patterns that differ only in durational features.


late Middle English: via Old French from medieval Latin duratio(n-), from durare 'to last', from durus 'hard'.

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