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

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

Choose the Right Synonym for durable

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 Made with a polycarbonate frame that's durable yet lightweight, these glasses have lenses with an anti-scratch coating, making these the perfect specs to toss in your purse or backpack on-the-go. Cai Cramer, Peoplemag, 21 Sep. 2022 The handle is durable (and lightweight—the whole thing weighs 11 ounces) polypropylene and the replaceable mesh is PVC. Ryan Wichelns, Outside Online, 8 Sep. 2022 This type of grass is durable and disease resistant. Chris Mckeown, The Enquirer, 3 Sep. 2022 Drapes are best placed where fans won’t destroy them, Mr. Wrightson says, and those within arm’s reach must be durable. Chris Kornelis, WSJ, 2 Sep. 2022 In addition to being durable, the blanket has a specific weave that keeps the fill in place. Hannah Baker, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Sep. 2022 Our pros like that its design is durable (though a few color and pattern options would be preferred) and that the case can be propped up with an adjustable viewing stand for long car trips or flights. Olivia Lipski, Good Housekeeping, 31 Aug. 2022 Nylon is touted as being durable, water-resistant, lightweight, and strong enough to withstand any wear and tear. Sophie Dweck, Town & Country, 24 Aug. 2022 Plus, with an IP67 rating, it’s both waterproof and dustproof, ensuring it’s durable enough to survive the great outdoors. Mike Richard, Men's Health, 13 May 2022 See More

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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 4 Oct. 2022.

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

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: able to last a long time durable furniture


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