During meaning

do͝orĭng, dyo͝or-
During is defined as at the same time or through the entire time.

An example of during is someone coughing the whole time a speech was being made.

preposition
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Throughout the entire time of; all through.

Food was scarce during the war.

preposition
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1
At any time or period within a given time interval.

I lived with my parents at several points during the 1980s.

Many of the best examples were produced during the Restoration.

preposition
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2
Throughout the course or duration of.

Suffered food shortages during the war.

preposition
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2
For all of a given time interval.

I lived with my parents during the 1970s.

The shop was one of the few able to stay open during the war.

preposition
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2
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At some time in.

Was born during a blizzard.

preposition
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(rare) A surname​.
pronoun
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At some point in the entire time of; in the course of.

He left during the lecture.

preposition
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Present participle of dure.
verb
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1

Origin of during

  • Middle English from present participle of duren to last from Old French durer from Latin dūrāre deuə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English during, durynge, durinde, durand, durende, present participle of Middle English duren (“to last”), from Old French durer, from Latin durare. Equivalent to dure +‎ -ing. More at dure.

    From Wiktionary

  • Alteration of German Dühring or Düring

    From Wiktionary