Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • prep. Throughout the course or duration of: suffered food shortages during the war.
  • prep. At some time in: was born during a blizzard.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • prep. For all of a given time interval.
  • prep. At any time or period within a given time interval.
  • v. Present participle of dure.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prep. In the time of; as long as the action or existence of

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Lasting; continuing; enduring.
  • In the time of; in the course of; throughout the continuance of: as, during life; during our earthly pilgrimage; during the space of a year.
  • n. Duration; existence.

Etymologies

Middle English, from present participle of duren, to last, from Old French durer, from Latin dūrāre; see deuə- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English during, durynge, durinde, durand, durende, present participle of Middle English duren ("to last"), equivalent to dure +‎ -ing. More at dure. (Wiktionary)

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