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

Other Words from dependable

dependability \ di-​ˌpen-​də-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce dependable (audio) \ noun
dependableness noun
dependably \ di-​ˈpen-​də-​blē How to pronounce dependable (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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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 16 Aug. 2022.

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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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