du·​ra·​ble | \ ˈdu̇r-ə-bəl How to pronounce durable (audio) also ˈdyu̇r- \

Definition of durable

: able to exist for a long time without significant deterioration in quality or value a durable suitcase also : designed to be durable durable goods

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Other Words from durable

durability \ ˌdu̇r-​ə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce durable (audio) , ˌdyu̇r-​ \ noun
durableness \ ˈdu̇r-​ə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce durable (audio) , ˈdyu̇r-​ \ noun
durably \ ˈdu̇r-​ə-​blē How to pronounce durable (audio) , ˈdyu̇r-​ \ adverb

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lasting, permanent, durable, stable mean enduring for so long as to seem fixed or established. lasting implies a capacity to continue indefinitely. a book that left a lasting impression on me permanent adds usually the implication of being designed or planned to stand or continue indefinitely. permanent living arrangements durable implies power to resist destructive agencies. durable fabrics stable implies lastingness because of resistance to being overturned or displaced. a stable government

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Something "durable" lasts a long time, so it's no surprise that the word comes to us, via Anglo-French, from the Latin verb durare, meaning "to last." Other descendants of "durare" in English include "during," "endure," and "durance" (which now mostly turns up in the phrase "in durance vile," a fancy way of saying "in prison"). "Durable" even has a near synonym in the much rarer "perdurable," which combines "durare" with the prefix per- (meaning "throughout") to create a word that can mean "lasting a very long time or indefinitely" or "eternal."

Examples of durable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Latex is also highly durable: A traditional mattress usually lasts between seven and 10 years while a latex mattress's lifespan can be upwards of 20 years. Jillian Mueller, Health.com, "How to Choose a Mattress in 3 Simple Steps, According to Professional Bed Testers," 23 Apr. 2021 While the price is low, the XTERRA Fitness TR150 is durable, sturdy and performs well. Megan Oster, chicagotribune.com, "Pace on treadmill vs. outside: Which is better?," 10 Apr. 2021 With more than 3,700 five-star ratings, this best-selling outdoor storage box is durable, roomy, and weather-resistant. Lily Gray, Better Homes & Gardens, "The 11 Best Outdoor Storage Essentials for Your Backyard, According to Reviews," 2 Apr. 2021 In general, the more durable (towels, sheets and heavy cottons) and dirty the items, the longer and hotter the cycle should be. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Do Laundry: A Step-by-Step Guide on the Right Way to Sort, Wash and Dry," 30 Mar. 2021 This is made from durable, braided, polyester dacron that leads to a firm grip that is also soft on your hands. Chris Hachey, BGR, "Best Gym Climbing Rope," 26 Mar. 2021 However, low-pile carpeting is affordable, durable, sound absorbent, and easy to roll around on in your office chair. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Turn Your Shed Into a Home Office," 28 Feb. 2021 On top of all that, the machine needed to be durable enough to withstand the cold, harsh weather on Mars. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "NASA’s Ingenuity Helicopter Completed Its First-ever Flight on Mars," 19 Apr. 2021 Suh has also been extremely durable during his career, never missing a game due to injury. oregonlive, "Ndamukong Suh: Staying with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ‘was always the ultimate goal’," 5 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of durable

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for durable

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin durabilis, from durare to last — more at during

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“Durable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/durable. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of durable

: staying strong and in good condition over a long period of time


du·​ra·​ble | \ ˈdu̇r-ə-bəl How to pronounce durable (audio) , ˈdyu̇r- \

Kids Definition of durable

: able to last a long time durable furniture

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