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durable

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adjective du·ra·ble \ˈdu̇r-ə-bəl also ˈdyu̇r-\

Simple Definition of durable

  • : staying strong and in good condition over a long period of time

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of durable

  1. :  able to exist for a long time without significant deterioration; also :  designed to be durable <durable goods>

durability play \ˌdu̇r-ə-ˈbi-lə-tē, ˌdyu̇r-\ noun
durableness play \ˈdu̇r-ə-bəl-nəs, ˈdyu̇r-\ noun
durably play \-blē\ adverb

Did You Know?

Something "durable" lasts a long time, so it's no surprise that the word comes to us, via Anglo-French, from the Latin verb durare, meaning "to last." Other descendants of "durare" in English include "during," "endure," and "durance" (which now mostly turns up in the phrase "in durance vile," a fancy way of saying "in prison"). "Durable" even has a near synonym in the much rarer "perdurable," which combines "durare" with the prefix per- (meaning "throughout") to create a word that can mean "lasting a very long time or indefinitely" or "eternal."

Origin of durable

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin durabilis, from durare to last — more at during


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of durable

lasting, permanent, durable, stable mean enduring for so long as to seem fixed or established. lasting implies a capacity to continue indefinitely <a book that left a lasting impression on me>. permanent adds usually the implication of being designed or planned to stand or continue indefinitely <permanent living arrangements>. durable implies power to resist destructive agencies <durable fabrics>. stable implies lastingness because of resistance to being overturned or displaced <a stable government>.


DURABLE Defined for Kids

durable

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adjective du·ra·ble \ˈdu̇r-ə-bəl, ˈdyu̇r-\

Definition of durable for Students

  1. :  able to last a long time <durable furniture>





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