Definition of duration in English:


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  • The time during which something continues.

    ‘a flight of over eight hours' duration’
    • ‘the subway stop has been closed for the duration of the convention’
    • ‘While lengths and durations change, there is a particular mathematical combination of them that does not.’
    • ‘The session may be defined in a number of ways, possibly in terms of a time duration or a number of uses.’
    • ‘To obtain the total of the eight reign durations, the scribe would have used the tallying method.’
    • ‘The only time in the duration of the interview when she stopped smiling was when she almost burst into tears.’
    • ‘A club is for life, not just for a season, nor a spell of success, nor the duration of a new fashionable strip.’
    • ‘The decision to decrease the duration of water supply by two hours in a day is a double whammy.’
    • ‘The intervals and durations of rhythm communicate timing, he adds, which influences firing patterns in the brain.’
    • ‘But there are countless solar systems, each has its own day with different durations between planets and solar systems.’
    • ‘Therefore, remaining interactions would be expected to be normal in terms of magnitudes and durations.’
    • ‘There were no significant differences in ages and durations among groups.’
    • ‘Call-centre workers often have strict targets on call durations, number of calls answered, etc.’
    • ‘Treatment durations and number of replications were the same as in the leaf shading experiment.’
    • ‘The time frame for our study was 4.7 years, the mean duration of patient follow up.’
    • ‘The duration of the growth response was evaluated on elongation rate graphs.’
    • ‘The duration of incubation depended on the tissues under study and the stage of plant development.’
    • ‘And several states that impose term limits allow much longer durations.’
    • ‘The signals will automatically respond to the jams and allocate the required time durations for clearing such traffic jams.’
    • ‘Flight durations were within minutes of each other, by the way, and the food is probably equally bad on all the flights.’
    • ‘Everyday, they are bothered about six times for durations of 30 to 45 minutes.’
    • ‘Training programmes would be of different durations and selection would depend on the current skill level of the student.’
    full length, length of time, time, time span, time scale, period, term, span, spell, stretch, fullness, length, extent, continuation, continuance, perpetuation, prolongation
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/do͝orˈāSH(ə)n/ /dʊrˈeɪʃ(ə)n/


    for the duration
    • 1Until the end of something, especially a war.

      ‘he was in the navy for the duration plus six’
      • ‘He trained for and entered the Royal Navy for the duration of the First World War.’
      • ‘They receive only travelling expenses plus board and lodging for the duration of the session.’
      • ‘Highways chiefs expect to keep both lanes open for the duration of the project which is scheduled to last until December this year.’
      • ‘This process was repeated for the remaining data until a value of zero remained for the duration of the experimental period.’
      • ‘Neither side could find a way through for the duration of the game in front of 63,000 spectators.’
      • ‘The 10 trains an hour scheduled to pass through Swindon had to be re-routed for the duration of the alert.’
      • ‘However, the footpath through Scotchell would be closed for the duration of the work.’
      • ‘Wherever the sensation has struck, it has remained for the duration of my stay, and returned on repeat visits.’
      • ‘As part of this tribute the committee are looking for memorabilia which can be put on show for the duration of the exhibition.’
      • ‘Many students find themselves sleeping on old camp bed-style mattress for the duration of their stay.’
      1. 1.1 informal For a very long time.
        • ‘some stains may be there for the duration’
        • ‘Having been one of the last in I managed to be one of the first out, but as I looked behind me it appeared as if many of the mobsters were there for the duration.’
        • ‘Then she's held down protectively by her friend for the duration.’
        • ‘One of the aforementioned New York Friends offered to put me up in his new house for the duration.’
        • ‘The best thing about spending the next few weeks behind bars is that if you're banged up you actually lose the right to vote for the duration.’
        • ‘The Marquess of Queensbury rules are put on hold for the duration.’
        • ‘There are many of us in total and we are here for the duration.’


Late Middle English via Old French from medieval Latin duratio(n-), from durare ‘to last’, from durus ‘hard’.