Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “during”

See all translations

during

preposition uk   /ˈdjʊə.rɪŋ/ us    /ˈdʊr.ɪŋ/

during preposition (THROUGH)

A2 from the beginning to the end of a particular period: They work during the night and sleep by day. There were huge advances in aviation technology during the Second World War.
More examples

during preposition (AT SOME TIME IN)

A2 at some time between the beginning and the end of a period: I woke up several times during the night.
More examples
Translations of “during”
in Korean -내내, -동안…
in Arabic خِلال, أثْناء…
in French durant, pendant…
in Turkish esanasınca, boyunca, süresince…
in Italian durante, nel corso di…
in Chinese (Traditional) 自始至終, 在…期間…
in Russian в течение…
in Polish podczas, w czasie, w ciągu…
in Spanish durante…
in Portuguese durante…
in German während…
in Catalan durant, al llarg de…
in Japanese ~の間じゅう, ~の間に…
in Chinese (Simplified) 自始至终, 在…期间…
(Definition of during from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of during?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “during” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

comma

the symbol , used in writing to separate parts of a sentence showing a slight pause, or to separate the single things in a list

Word of the Day

Lies, lies, lies!

by Kate Woodford,
February 25, 2015
​​​ According to sociologists (=people who study the relationships between people living in groups), we are good at lying. As a species, we have developed a remarkable ability to deceive each other (= persuade each other that something false is true). Being able to say things that are not true can help with

Read More 

showrooming noun

February 23, 2015
the activity of examining a product in a physical store and then making the purchase with an online retailer Amazon’s new smartphone is specifically designed to make showrooming fast and easy.

Read More