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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In addition to providing dependable feedback, some of these beauty inventions give us power over our own environment, allowing us to create a space that’s refreshingly free of variables. Crista Leonard, Allure, "How the Smart Mirror Trend Is Changing the Beauty Industry," 8 May 2018 Fee-only financial planners who work by the hour specialize in providing solid, dependable advice. Mary Hunt, Woman's Day, "Everything You Need to Know About Retirement Planning," 13 Feb. 2018 Outside a brief stint on the disabled list earlier this month, Ureña has been Miami’s most dependable starter this season. Matthew Defranks,, "Preview: Phillies at Marlins, Sunday, 1:10 p.m.," 14 July 2018 The last thing the Detroit Tigers needed was an injury to Matthew Boyd, their most dependable starting pitcher this season. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers optimistic Matthew Boyd (oblique) will make next start," 23 May 2018 The current ones are wearing out, too old to keep fixing and must be replaced because neither is dependable on calls, fire officials said earlier this spring when the vote was planned. Bill Leukhardt, Courant Community, "Plainville Voters Approve New Firetrucks," 19 June 2018 The three brands have the most dependable vehicles in the United States, according to J.D. Power. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Lexus leads but Buick beats Toyota in J.D. Power dependability study," 14 Feb. 2018 My search led me to the MugMate, which has proven remarkably dependable. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, "The MugMate Is the Best Camp Coffeemaker, Hands Down," 13 July 2018 There’s something to be said for a sturdy, dependable product, especially in times of turmoil. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Will Saddlers Union Be the Next Heritage House to Make It Big?," 6 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


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Kids Definition of dependable

: trustworthy, reliable a dependable car

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