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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.




  1. 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.
  2. 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.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 4, Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      I told him about everything I could think of; and what I couldn't think of he did. He asked about six questions during my yarn, but every question had a point to it. At the end he bowed and thanked me once more. As a thanker he was main-truck high; I never see anybody so polite.


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  1. Present participle of dure.