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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from dependable

dependability \ -​ˌpen-​də-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce dependability (audio) \ noun
dependableness noun
dependably \ -​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

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 Whoever replaces Werner will struggle to oust Oblak as first choice keeper, as the Slovenian is widely regarded as one of the most dependable goalkeepers in Europe., "Spanish Report Claims Atlético Madrid Interested in Unsettled West Ham United Star," 28 May 2018 Jenkins, 29, is a dependable player and a great locker-room guy. Terez A. Paylor, kansascity, "Chiefs free-agency tracker: Chiefs' Dee Ford 'unlikely' to pass a physical | The Kansas City Star," 14 Mar. 2018 How about being dependable and not allowing the mistakes to happen? Clarence E. Hill Jr., star-telegram, "Cowboys' best off-season acquisition? Here's a vote for secondary coach Kris Richard | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 12 May 2018 Add a more hard-line FDA and tobacco is becoming a less dependable bet. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "FDA Menthol Ban Will Be a Slow Burn," 20 Nov. 2018 Regulatory complications will most likely keep the venture private and specific to routes with dependable traffic, like the journey from airports into cities. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "A quick guide to hyperloops, Richard Branson’s latest boondoggle," 12 Oct. 2018 Meanwhile, Chrysler was ranked the least dependable brand. Kirsten Korosec, Fortune, "Vehicles Are Becoming More Dependable. These Are the Best and Worst.," 14 Feb. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'dependable.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of dependable

1735, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dependable

see depend

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about dependable

Share dependable

Statistics for dependable

Last Updated

11 Mar 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for dependable

The first known use of dependable was in 1735

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for dependable



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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on dependable

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with dependable

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for dependable

Spanish Central: Translation of dependable

Nglish: Translation of dependable for Spanish Speakers

Comments on dependable

What made you want to look up dependable? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a flaw that causes the downfall of a hero

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A Green Quiz

  • shamrock
  • What is the best definition of green-eyed monster?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!