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 Reilly is dependable and will help the Bruins weather injuries. Mike Brehm, USA TODAY, "NHL trade deadline 2021 winners, losers: Capitals, Red Wings make last-minute splash," 12 Apr. 2021 But the sudden collapse in ratings for awards shows like the Golden Globes and Grammys during the pandemic is an alarming warning that special events may not be so dependable anymore. David Bauder, Star Tribune, "For television, NFL deal is likely a matter of survival," 22 Mar. 2021 Jackson, selected in the third round (No. 81) in the 2014 NFL draft, has been dependable since being a full-time starter beginning in his rookie season. oregonlive, "Seattle Seahawks trade to acquire OL Gabe Jackson from the Las Vegas Raiders: Report," 18 Mar. 2021 Office and retail have been dependable with lengthy lease terms and a growing economy. Danny Kattan, Forbes, "The Multifamily Asset Class Is Quickly Becoming The 'Belle Of The Ball'," 17 Mar. 2021 When measuring the same item several times and/or comparing it to other scales, its accuracy was dependable. Lindsay Tigar, CNN Underscored, "The best kitchen scales of 2021," 11 Mar. 2021 Side-armer Eric Yardley was a dependable workhorse last season (1.54 ERA in 24 games) but struggled this spring (7.36 ERA through eight outings). Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Brewers in 2021: Three reasons to believe; three reasons not to believe," 30 Mar. 2021 The White Sox have a blend of savvy, dependable veterans — first baseman Jose Abreu, fresh off an M.V.P. season, starters Dallas Keuchel and Lance Lynn, closer Liam Hendriks — and young stars entering their prime. New York Times, "A Ballpark Half Full and Another Half Empty for All 30 Teams," 29 Mar. 2021 Finding a dependable third pitch to go along with his fastball and change-up has been an emphasis for him this spring. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, "Luke Weaver turns in uneven outing as shaky spring continues for Diamondbacks," 26 Mar. 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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16 Apr 2021

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“Dependable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 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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