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 durability (audio) , ˌdyu̇r-​ \ noun
durableness \ ˈdu̇r-​ə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce durableness (audio) , ˈdyu̇r-​ \ noun
durably \ ˈdu̇r-​ə-​blē How to pronounce durably (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 These cleats are durable as the coils are coated with zinc to prevent rust. Popular Science, "Ice cleats to help you on slippery, cold walkways," 5 Feb. 2020 Certainly has been very durable -- that’s a great thing and a very underrated thing among quarterbacks. Dallas News, "How far away is Cowboys QB Dak Prescott from Patrick Mahomes’ tier?," 5 Feb. 2020 Biden's big moment The former vice president has been remarkably durable during the entire campaign, despite making plenty of mistakes, facing a number of attacks from primary rivals and running what is widely viewed as a less-than-stellar campaign. NBC News, "Iowa caucuses : 5 things to watch as voters make their choices," 3 Feb. 2020 Many climate hawks say that a major climate policy would have to be bipartisan to be durable. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "House Democrats cut out Republicans in climate plan meant for consensus," 8 Jan. 2020 Return on $1,000 investment: $18,070 Roger Wittenberg began mixing sawdust with shredded plastic bags to create a plastic that resembled wood but was more durable. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "What a $1,000 Investment in Netflix and 9 Other Top Stocks a Decade Ago Would Be Worth Today," 28 Dec. 2019 Brees has been one of the NFL’s most durable quarterbacks, missing just one start because of injury in his 14-year career with the Saints. BostonGlobe.com, "The NFL’s fast-spinning quarterback carousel is where we begin our Week 2 review:," 17 Sep. 2019 Cutler, a durable, franchise-type quarterback, is expected to start every game between now and the 2016 Olympics. Will Larkin, chicagotribune.com, "Ranking the 100 best Bears players ever: No. 78, Jay Cutler," 20 June 2019 His overall regular-season record is 22-20 and he's proven to be a durable quarterback. Terry Pluto, cleveland.com, "Why Cleveland Browns picked Denzel Ward, other draft stuff -- Terry Pluto (video)," 5 May 2018

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

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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/durability. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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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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