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
Recent Examples on the Web And Rodgers needs another dependable option outside of Davante Adams and Aaron Jones. 31. Tim Bielik, cleveland, "NFL draft 2020 order set: Could former Ohio State players be the first three picks?," 3 Feb. 2020 Stavridis believes most of us still want to be part of a society that is dependable, predictable and stable while living in a world that is often chaotic, disconnected and thematically barren. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, "'Sailing True North,' with a decorated Navy admiral, on tap at next Kentucky Author Forum," 3 Dec. 2019 Fiers, over time, proved to be efficient and dependable, his veteran experience informing that dominant stretch. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "After a rough week in Texas, Mike Fiers makes a statement," 20 Sep. 2019 Powertrain The 268-hp spools up quickly for responsive acceleration with dependable passing power at 65 mph, but there is noticeable engine noise on a hard takeoff. Mark Maynard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "2019 VW Arteon: a cure for the common sedan," 6 Sep. 2019 In any case, this one is a similar dependable national chain, featuring your typical American and Italian brunch/ lunch fare. Washington Post, "Style Conversational Week 1369: The bones mots of Style Invitational obit poems," 30 Jan. 2020 Thanks to a lack of dependable perimeter shooters around the All-Star big man Joel Embiid, no team faces more zones than the Philadelphia 76ers. Marc Stein, New York Times, "The N.B.A. Embraces a ‘Trash’ Defense," 17 Jan. 2020 His only dependable veteran target is Julian Edelman, and the protection has been spotty at best. Barry Wilner, The Denver Post, "Amid hotshot passers, old men Tom Brady and Drew Brees roll on," 26 Dec. 2019 He was billed as a dependable but slow-footed defenseman who would step into the second or third pairing and provide some stability the Hawks didn’t have last season. Jimmy Greenfield,, "Blackhawks Q&A: Will Marc Crawford be fired? Why were they so terrible against the Avalanche?," 2 Dec. 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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The first known use of dependable was in 1735

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“Dependable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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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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