Definition of during in English:



  • 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’
    • ‘The Trust has been impressed with her dedication and hard work during the course.’
    • ‘All that is needed is to keep an eye open during the normal course of your daily life.’
    • ‘Telling indications of the power of a free press were also manifold during this period.’
    • ‘Temporary traffic lights will be in use 24 hours a day during the period of the works.’
    • ‘We were filming over a four and a half month period during summer for 12 hours a day.’
    • ‘Customers were still able to use other online banking services during the period.’
    • ‘So to catch these spring beasts you obviously need a water that is open during the spring period.’
    • ‘The exhibition runs until the end of March and is open to the public during normal library hours.’
    • ‘The plans will be discussed during a public consultation period to be held soon.’
    • ‘The chamber was opened during the day and misted each night for a total of three nights.’
    • ‘Now she is wondering how she is going to make ends meet during her four-year course.’
    • ‘The mill, which was open to the public during the week, has had its visiting hours slashed.’
    • ‘The event I mention occurred in an area that is open to the public during the day but it is locked at night.’
    • ‘Those involved were people who worked closely with her during the relevant period.’
    • ‘This reflects the common desire not to talk of profit during this period of loss.’
    • ‘Its not just that, its past a time when you can leave your doors open during the day!’
    • ‘There has been no increase in the number of cases of TB in the area during this period.’
    • ‘For those who work in sales or business it is much better to take a vacation during this period!’
    • ‘Walking through the city during the morning rush hour can be a bit of a battle.’
    • ‘Climbing up ladders was part and parcel of her live-in job during this wet period in her life.’
    throughout, through, in, in the course of, throughout the time of, for the time of, in the time of
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    1. 1.1 At a particular point in the course of.
      ‘the stabbing took place during an argument at a party’
      • ‘One patient died during the follow up period, at seven months after the start of the trial.’
      • ‘That brings us to the period during which the rulings with which we are concerned were made.’
      • ‘However during the argument, she cited my parents as a source for one of her arguments.’
      • ‘Remember something that you can drag up during arguments to give you the advantage.’
      • ‘A senior police officer said her husband had confessed to hitting her during a row.’
      • ‘Everybody goes through a blip during the course of the year and maybe we are having ours now.’
      • ‘Many cars take pit stops during safety car periods so that they do not lose time to the rest of the field.’
      • ‘The couple met nine years ago through mutual friends during a night out at a pub in Shrivenham.’
      • ‘She claims there was a row, during which she was hit in the face with a broken bottle.’
      • ‘In May this year he was said to have put a gun to her head during an argument.’
      • ‘On the strategy we made ground during the safety car period by stopping both of our cars.’
      • ‘The advantage he gains is that he takes fewer strokes than his opponents during the course of a race.’
      • ‘Not all arrests that occurred during the study period could be included in this study.’
      • ‘If you had the guts to buy during this period, it was hard to make many investing mistakes.’
      • ‘If during that six-month period you take time off on two occasions you are put on a stage two.’
      • ‘How did he end up falling for her during all of their petty arguments and disagreements?’
      • ‘Two out of three patients who received a lung transplant during this period also died.’
      • ‘One of them said later that Mitchell had been in a row over a car stereo during the night shift.’
      • ‘His time in the car was extended when he was able to pit for fresh tyres and fuel during a safety car period.’
      • ‘Lord knows what it must feel like for him having no doubt spoken to the man during the course of the school day.’


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