de·​pend·​able | \ di-ˈpen-də-bəl How to pronounce dependable (audio) \

Definition of dependable

: capable of being trusted or depended on : reliable a dependable source of income a dependable assistant needs a dependable car for work

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Other Words from dependable

dependability \ di-​ˌpen-​də-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce dependability (audio) \ noun
dependableness noun
dependably \ di-​ˈpen-​də-​blē How to pronounce dependably (audio) \ adverb

Examples of dependable in a Sentence

seeking a dependable person to look after their summer home in the off-season

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Analysts said Moscow might use the sale of the S-400 system to secure other big defense contracts with Turkey, driving a wedge between Ankara and other NATO members and casting itself as a dependable military partner. Ann M. Simmons, WSJ, "Turkey Receives Russian Missile System, Risking U.S. Sanctions," 12 July 2019 Eddie Jones, the dependable stage veteran who portrayed the kindly Pa Kent on the ABC series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, has died. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, "Eddie Jones, Pa Kent on 'Lois & Clark,' Dies at 84," 8 July 2019 The good news is Alford, 30, brings six years of valuable NFL experience with him from his time with the Falcons and will slide right into one of the two starting roles as both a solid press-man defender as well as dependable deep-cover corner. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Arizona Cardinals position breakdown: A closer look at the defensive backs," 7 July 2019 After remaining hobbled with injuries through his first two NBA seasons, Looney became a dependable forward and occasional center as both a starter and reserve. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "Kevon Looney talks new deal with Warriors, Kevin Durant’s departure & possibly shooting 3’s," 5 July 2019 Samuel joins an offense in search of dependable receiving talent. Conor Orr,, "Fantasy Football 2019: 16 Rookies Who Could Make an Impact," 4 July 2019 Rolling Stones at FedEx Field: For all their highs and lows, the Rolling Stones are nothing if not dependable. Washington Post, "24 things to do in the D.C. area this Fourth of July holiday weekend," 3 July 2019 Look, Sweeney will find another solid, dependable fourth-liner to work into the mix with center Sean Kuraly. Kevin Paul Dupont,, "Bruins may regret letting Noel Acciari get away," 2 July 2019 The 6’4 guard is a dependable catch-and-shoot threat who can also run off screens and attack a closeout. Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "NBA Draft 2019: Some final mocks see IU basketball's Romeo Langford with Pacers," 19 June 2019

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First Known Use of dependable

1735, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dependable

see depend

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English Language Learners Definition of dependable

: able to be trusted to do or provide what is needed : able to be depended on


de·​pend·​able | \ di-ˈpen-də-bəl How to pronounce dependable (audio) \

Kids Definition of dependable

: trustworthy, reliable a dependable car

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