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 Top features include an attractive and durable porcelain-enameled lid with an inset thermometer and two side shelves with notches for grilling tools. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 13 May 2022 Skillful mentoring is at the top of my list as the best way to achieve the sort of durable social change for people of color that can come about through wealth accumulation in entrepreneurial real estate investing and development. Monte Lee-wen, Forbes, 13 May 2022 Phones like the Galaxy S22 Ultra are durable to a point and can hold up to most accidental falls. Chris Hachey, BGR, 13 May 2022 One thing to love about this robot is the ultra-durable dual scrubbing brushes that can scour away algae and other stubborn contaminants that can build up on the pool's floor. Adria Greenhauff, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 May 2022 Barebones Living adds a bit of vintage panache to its Forest Lantern with a durable, stamped steel exterior, traditional wire cage, and soft ambient lantern glow. Mike Richard, Men's Health, 13 May 2022 This creates a challenge for generations of offices that were built around durable but uninspiring pre-fab furniture and require immense investments to rehaul, Wisecarver says. Chloe Berger, Fortune, 12 May 2022 The Get Out’s durable outdoor rug makes for a ‘grammable and comfy option. Danielle Directo-meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 May 2022 And it’s always my preference to work across the aisle to get durable policy done. Grace Segers, The New Republic, 11 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 28 May. 2022.

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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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