durable

adjective
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

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."

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Quinn said the highway is made of concrete, which is more durable but also more expensive. Rick Kambic, chicagotribune.com, "Summer projects at Mundelein High School to address parking lot, drainage issues," 7 June 2019 The scores were similar overall, but Parachute’s percale proved to be more durable. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "Which Sheets Are Better: Brooklinen or Parachute?," 20 May 2019 Orders over $30 come with a free clear plastic toiletry bag (more durable than a Ziploc). Kelsey Ogletree, WSJ, "The Cure for Packing Anxiety—Or a Waste of Time and Money?," 23 Jan. 2019 Carved ivory upper and lower dentures (18th century) The first dentures were made of hippopotamus ivory, which was thought to be more durable. Roslyn Sulcas, New York Times, "This Exhibition Has Real Bite," 7 June 2018 To the surprise of many, he has been rewarded with a lead in the polls that, so far at least, has proved durable and steady. Michael Scherer, The Seattle Times, "Biden tests assumptions about what Democratic voters want in Trump era," 20 May 2019 The non-profit Lonely Whale’s For A Strawless Ocean campaign chose Aardvark Straws as a preferred partner for its durable and biodegradable paper straws that decompose in just 45-90 days. David Carrig, USA TODAY, "Plastic straws are polluting our oceans. Here are some alternatives," 23 May 2018 In fact, most of the $150+ sweaters were noticeably softer and more durable than the under $100 options. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "This $99 Cashmere Sweater from L.L.Bean is a Total Steal," 17 Dec. 2018 The Mobius technology built into the HD E-ink display uses a flexible plastic layer to make the device more durable while keeping it light. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Amazon’s Kindle Oasis has a new competitor: The waterproof Kobo Forma," 3 Oct. 2018

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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

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English Language Learners Definition of durable

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

durable

adjective
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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