de·​pend·​able | \di-ˈpen-də-bəl \

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 \ -​ˌpen-​də-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
dependableness noun
dependably \ -​blē \ 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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Sometimes fashion gets too think-y and cumbersome, and yesteryear Gucci is dependable in a hot way. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner are Wearing Tom Ford’s Gucci—As They Should," 23 Aug. 2018 His role as closer may not be permanent — the Phillies seem to have Seranthony Dominguez waiting in the wings — but Neris has proven dependable. Matt Breen,, "How Hector Neris rebounded from his embarrassing blown save," 9 May 2018 Winters was dependable and dedicated, the go-to when the paper needed coverage. Brittany Britto,, "'They're irreplaceable': Former Capital Gazette journalists reminisce," 29 June 2018 Western Europeans adopted these technologies, but by the 13th century, demand for a dependable timekeeping instrument led medieval artisans to invent the mechanical clock. William J. H. Andrewes, Scientific American, "Time Keeping Has a Long, Colorful History," 23 Jan. 2012 His ultra-dependable stinger shot found the water on the challenging par-4 18th hole and left him 271 yards from the hole. Edgar Thompson,, "Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson duel fizzles during opening round at TPC," 11 May 2018 Her teammate Ruthy Hebard, the ever-dependable source of points in Saturday's Sweet 16 victory, had 12 points in the first half and just two field goals after halftime. Joel Odom,, "Women's Final Four live updates: Louisville vs. Mississippi State in NCAA Tournament semifinals," 30 Mar. 2018 While Justice acceded to the state's shifting political identity, Manchin is looking to tap West Virginia’s once-dependable reservoir of Democratic support. Tim Loh,, "The Ex-Con Coal Baron Running for Senate in West Virginia," 19 Mar. 2018 Never before, however, has an entire political apparatus arisen to systematically engineer a more dependable Supreme Court over the course of a generation. Peter Baker, New York Times, "A Conservative Court Push Decades in the Making, With Effects for Decades to Come," 9 July 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of dependable

: trustworthy, reliable a dependable car

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