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
Recent Examples on the Web Schlenk secured one of the NBA’s most dependable 3-point shooters (Danilo Gallinari), one of the league’s best perimeter defenders (Kris Dunn) and one of the league’s smartest point guards (Rajon Rondo). Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "NBA free agency: Winners and losers include the Lakers, Suns, Rockets and Bucks," 25 Nov. 2020 Voters older than 65 are generally more dependable, and the age bracket has been disproportionately affected by Trump's pandemic response, specifically in the swing state of Florida, another must-win for the incumbent. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "The kids aren't all right when it comes to voting in 2020, it seems," 3 Nov. 2020 Special teams has to be more dependable for the Cowboys to have a winning season. Dallas News, "Analyzing the Cowboys' 1-2 start to the season and the damage of their self-inflicted wounds," 28 Sep. 2020 The Pioneers beat Trinity Lutheran 3-0 (25-20, 25-19, 25-22), and senior Ali Hornung was dependable as usual, finishing the night with 13 kills, 15 digs and a match-winning block. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "What a volleyball game looks like at Providence High School amid COVID-19," 20 Aug. 2020 Sales are typically steady regardless of who’s in the White House, thanks to a dependable stream of political supporters and tourists who want keepsakes from the nation’s capital. Washington Post, "Joe Biden socks and Kamala Harris scrunchies: Washington’s gift shops prepare for a new administration," 12 Nov. 2020 The iPhone has positioned itself as a dependable shooter in a variety of situations for both photos and videos in the past few years. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "The iPhone 12 Mini is what all small phones should be: tiny and mighty," 9 Nov. 2020 The Steelers win with a dependable offense armed with tons of playmaking receivers and arguably the league’s top defense. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, "Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Dallas Cowboys picks, predictions: Who wins Week 9 NFL game?," 5 Nov. 2020 Pick one that feels good in your hand, with dependable edge retention and sturdy construction. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "Personal Defense Tools and Weapons That Could Save Your Life in an Emergency," 4 Nov. 2020

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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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“Dependable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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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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