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 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
Recent Examples on the Web The Clippers have also been dependable in games since the All-Star break (23-11), when leading at halftime (37-8) and on back-to-backs (20-6). Mark Medina, USA TODAY, 21 May 2021 He’s somebody who was reliable, dependable and was productive for those guys. Omar Kelly,, 14 May 2021 Venus, the Planet of Love, is about to head into one of its favorite signs — dependable, hardworking Taurus. Elizabeth Gulino,, 21 Apr. 2021 As Fox News struggles to figure out its post-election approach to the world, Carlson has become its most dependable resource. Washington Post, 27 Apr. 2021 Deby's death deprives France -- the former colonial power -- of one of its most dependable allies in Africa, and a cornerstone in combating the spread of Islamist terror groups in the Sahel. Tim Lister, CNN, 21 Apr. 2021 Entering his ninth season, Allen simply has become one of the NFL’s best and most dependable wide receivers. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, 19 Apr. 2021 That fact remains that for elite runners who are fortunate enough to get one, a shoe contract is the most dependable way to make a living as a pro. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, 2 Apr. 2021 The Planeteers are all very dependable, which is how old people often imagine young people. Darren Franich,, 22 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of dependable was in 1735

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“Dependable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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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