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Recent Examples of durable from the Web
Friday’s report from the Labor Department portrayed a job market that remains durable 7½ years after the recovery from the Great Recession began.
Friday's report from the Labor Department portrayed a job market that remains durable 7½ years after the recovery from the Great Recession began.
Nomad is a company that makes high-end chargers and adapters that are more durable and stylish than most.
Families are slowing their consumption of durable and nondurable goods.
The nets in Morocco, their designers say, are more durable and easier for locals to repair than similar nets built in the nineteen-nineties and early two-thousands in Eritrea, Chile, and Yemen.
But, if done correctly, the results can be both incredibly beautiful and extremely durable.
As fragile, rare, or ephemeral objects are rendered durable and plentiful, the benefits of accessibility are pitted against those of authenticity.
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Did You Know?
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."
Origin and Etymology of durable
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin durabilis, from durare to last — more at during
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of durable
DURABLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of durable for English Language Learners
: staying strong and in good condition over a long period of time
DURABLE Defined for Kids
Definition of durable for Students
: able to last a long time durable furniture
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