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 (do͝or′ĭng, dyo͝or′-)
1. Throughout the course or duration of: suffered food shortages during the war.
2. At some time in: was born during a blizzard.

[Middle English, from present participle of duren, to last, from Old French durer, from Latin dūrāre; see deuə- in Indo-European roots.]


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.
[C14: from duren to last, ultimately from Latin dūrāre to last]


(ˈdʊər ɪŋ, ˈdyʊər-)

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.
[1350–1400; present participle of dure (now archaic) to last, Middle English < Middle French; see durance]


1. 'during' and 'in'

You use during or in to say that something happens continuously or often from the beginning to the end of a period of time.

We often get storms during the winter.
This music was popular in the 1960s.

In sentences like these, you can almost always use in instead of during. There is very little difference in meaning. When you use during, you are usually emphasizing that something is continuous or repeated.

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You can also use during to say that something happens while an activity takes place.

I met a lot of celebrities during my years as a journalist.
During her visit, the Queen will also open the new hospital.

You can sometimes use in in sentences like these, but the meaning is not always the same. For example, 'What did you do during the war?' means 'What did you do while the war was taking place?', but 'What did you do in the war?' means 'What part did you play in the war?'

2. single events

Both during and in can be used to say that a single event happened at some point in the course of a period of time.

He died during the night.
His father had died in the night.
She left Bengal during the spring of 1740.
Mr Tyrie left Hong Kong in June.

It is more common to use in in sentences like these. If you use during, you are usually emphasizing that you are not sure of the exact time when something happened.

Be Careful!
Don't use during to say how long something lasts. Don't say, for example, 'I went to Wales during two weeks'. You say 'I went to Wales for two weeks'.

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preposition throughout, through, in the course of, throughout the time of Plants need to be looked after during bad weather.
běhemv obdobíza
ii løbet afundergennem
á meîan á e-u stendurí, á, einhvern tíma innan tiltekins tíma
v čase
medza časa
trong suốt


[ˈdjʊərɪŋ] PREP
1. (= throughout) → durante
2. (= in the course of) → durante


[ˈdjʊərɪŋ] preppendant
during the day → pendant la journée


prepwährend (+gen)


[ˈdjʊərɪŋ] prepdurante


(ˈdjuəriŋ) preposition
1. throughout the time of. We couldn't get cigarettes during the war.
2. at a particular time within. He died during the war.


أَثْناءَ během i løbet af / om während κατά τη διάρκεια durante aikana pendant tijekom durante ・・・の間中ずっと ...동안 tijdens i løpet av podczas durante в течение under ในระหว่าง süresince trong suốt 在...期间


prep. durante; mientras, entre tanto.
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