dependable

adjective
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

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For dependable egg production, choose lightweight breeds such as Black Australorps (shown above). Denise Foley, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Raising Backyard Chickens," 14 Aug. 2018 Despite the Middle East’s continued strategic importance, Europe’s view of it is entirely bloodless—a region that is merely a dependable trading partner for Europe’s biggest companies. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "America’s So-Called Allies," 16 May 2018 Despite their occasional obstinance, however, Taureans are dependable partners, soothing their friends and lovers through their trustworthiness and devotion. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "The Personality of a Taurus, Explained," 2 Feb. 2018 One friend recalls an almost-identical prom-night disaster in Paris; another remembers the MAC counter, imperfect but dependable, as the only option during her adolescence in Toronto. Rawiya Kameir, Vogue, "After the Fenty Phenomenon, What’s Next for Inclusivity in Beauty?," 18 Mar. 2019 Tauruses are said to be strong, dependable, and creative, among other things. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Baby Will Likely Have the Same Zodiac Sign as Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, and the Queen," 10 Mar. 2019 For the past two decades, Mexico has been one of the safest emerging markets for investors, with a record number of trade deals, world-class technocrats, prudent budgets, and dependable, if slow, growth. Robbie Whelan, WSJ, "Mexican President-Elect López Obrador Is Spooking Foreign Investors," 25 Nov. 2018 Sally Singer Tom Ford Designers’ constant dilemma is the push and pull of the new and the dependable. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "The Top 10 Shows of New York Fashion Week Fall 2019," 14 Feb. 2019 Those cold shoulders were easy to ignore when the jobless rate was above 6 percent and the Army’s most dependable recruiter, Sgt. Dave Philipps, The Seattle Times, "The Army, in need of recruits, turns focus to Seattle, other liberal-leaning cities," 2 Jan. 2019

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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

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of dependable

: able to be trusted to do or provide what is needed : able to be depended on

dependable

adjective
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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