Meaning of “during” in the English Dictionary

"during" in British English

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duringpreposition

uk /ˈdʒʊə.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.

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  • The (traffic) congestion in the city gets even worse during the summer.
  • The work that the students do during the year will count towards their final degrees.
  • The city centre's quite lively during the day, but it's totally dead at night.
  • You're not allowed to talk during the exam.
  • Jean was my roommate during our first year at university.

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.

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  • Many buildings were badly damaged during the war.
  • A new manager was appointed during her absence.
  • Rain will become more general in the southeast during the afternoon.
  • The baby generally wakes up three times during the night.
  • The girl went missing during a family outing to Mount Snowdon.

(Definition of “during” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"during" in American English

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duringpreposition

us /ˈdʊər·ɪŋ/

during preposition (THROUGH)

from the beginning to the end of (a particular period):

They work during the night and sleep by day.

during preposition (AT SOME POINT IN)

at some time between the beginning and the end of (a period):

We hope to spend some weekends in the country during the summer.

(Definition of “during” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)