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From Middle English duracioun, from late Old French duracion, from Medieval Latin dūrātiō.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /djʊˈɹeɪʃn̩/, /dʒʊˈɹeɪʃn̩/
  • (US) IPA(key): /dəˈɹeɪʃn̩/, /djəˈɹeɪʃn̩/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən


duration (countable and uncountable, plural durations)

  1. An amount of time or a particular time interval.
    The duration of the flight will be about 2 hours 45 minutes.
    She was moaning for the entire duration of the advert break.
    • 2022 November 16, Paul Bigland, “From rural branches to high-speed arteries”, in RAIL, number 970, page 55:
      To make matters worse, we pass through a torrential rainstorm, which makes window-gazing almost impossible, leaving me glad that the trip is less than 30 minutes duration.
  2. (in the singular, not followed by "of") The time taken for the current situation to end, especially the current war
    Rationing will last at least for the duration.
  3. (finance) A measure of the sensitivity of the price of a financial asset to changes in interest rates, computed for a simple bond as a weighted average of the maturities of the interest and principal payments associated with it.


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Middle French[edit]


From late Old French duracion, borrowed from Latin dūrātiō, dūrātiōnem.


duration f (plural durations)

  1. duration (length with respect to time)