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Definition of during preposition from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1all through a period of time during the 1990s There are extra flights to Colorado during the winter. Please remain seated during the performance.
  2. 2at some point in a period of time He was taken to the hospital during the night. I only saw her once during my stay in Rome. During is used to say when something happens;for answers the question “how long?”:I stayed in Minneapolis for a week.I stayed in Minneapolis during a week.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: during