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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This paint is often chosen for bedrooms, as a matte sheen is not durable enough to be heavily cleaned. Madeleine Bokan, House Beautiful, "The Best Paint Finish For Every Room," 2 July 2019 The challenge, artists say, comes in creating work that will be relatively maintenance-free and durable enough to withstand freezing winters, sweltering summers and thousands of passengers brushing past daily. Katherine Shaver, Washington Post, "Artists hope Purple Line station designs will inspire wonder and showcase communities," 22 June 2019 Most scooter companies are finding manufacturers who will design scooters that are durable enough for constant use, possibly improving the unit economics. Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge, "Lyft introduces pink-wheeled scooter that it says is better for scooter sharing," 14 June 2019 The best backpack for day hikes, Patagonia’s Nine Trails backpack is lightweight, comfortable, and durable enough to accompany you on any trip. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Patagonia Duffel Bags and Backpacks Are On Sale Now," 9 June 2019 The foldable screen also must be durable enough to open and close repeatedly over a phone’s lifetime. Dan Strumpf, WSJ, "Smartphone Makers Seek Foldable Phones With Flex Appeal," 31 Oct. 2018 Its formula—a lurid compound of domestic dysfunction, gleeful racial stereotypes, and live-audience jeering—has proved remarkably durable. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, "The Paternity Reveal," 24 June 2019 The shadow on the wall Democracies have proved more durable than Plato imagined. The Economist, "What would Plato make of Boris Johnson?," 22 June 2019 Steel, on the other hand, is stronger and more durable. Chris O'neill, Outside Online, "The 4 Ways to Get Your Vehicle Unstuck," 18 June 2019

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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

adjective

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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