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English definition of “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. Simultaneous and consecutiveOrder and sequence

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. The programme will be shown on television during the weekend.Points in time
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