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 The mouse pad is lightweight and durable, and the non-slip rubber base holds it firmly in place. Rachel Moskowitz, USA TODAY, "Ergonomic chairs and other products that can help you work from home more comfortably," 11 Jan. 2021 Nylon is lightweight and durable but not absorbent. John Perritano, Popular Mechanics, "How To Get Started in Ice Fishing," 22 Dec. 2020 Graphite shafts are lighter, allowing advanced players to control the shot, while steel shafts are durable. Kyle Schurman, chicagotribune.com, "The best lob wedge," 12 Dec. 2020 This lightweight and durable reel allows for longer casts on the water thanks to the Hamai Precision Cut gears and centrifugal braking system. Amanda Mcelfresh, NOLA.com, "Shop safely and find the perfect gift for everyone on your list with this handy guide," 26 Nov. 2020 Lightweight and durable is key to maintaining speed and not feeling weighed down by your bottle. Outdoor Life, "Three Factors in Choosing a Bicycle Water Bottle Cage," 20 Nov. 2020 Wood floors are durable and can look gorgeous for decades with the right care and cleaning. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "How to Clean Hardwood Floors and Have Them Looking Like New," 19 Nov. 2020 These editor-favorite Carmen boots from Nisolo are available in three colors and are both lightweight and durable to handle whatever the day throws her way. Cnn Underscored Staff, CNN Underscored, "43 gifts every woman in your life would love to receive," 17 Nov. 2020 These pots and pans tend to be durable, cook evenly and quickly and don’t leach materials into foods. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Washing wine glasses," 11 Nov. 2020

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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 27 Feb. 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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