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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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 In the week ahead, the U.S. will publish fresh data on home sales, durable-goods, gross domestic product and consumer sentiment. Wsj Staff, WSJ, "Economy Week Ahead: GDP, Existing-Home Sales," 21 Apr. 2019 For the dining chairs, Beall chose a deep red velvet relief fabric by Jonathan Adler that’s durable enough for nightly meals. Vanessa Gregory, ELLE Decor, "A Recently Renovated Mid-Century Home in Knoxville, Tennessee," 7 Feb. 2019 These glasses are made with acrylic—not real glass—making them durable and even shatter-resistant. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "You'd Never Guess These Chic Plates Are Unbreakable," 15 Apr. 2019 Overselling the fledgling deal for short-term political value, however, risks undercutting diplomacy and could make Pompeo’s job of forging a more durable and detailed disarmament plan all the more difficult. Eli Stokols, latimes.com, "As Trump declares summit a success, Pompeo begins the hard part — negotiating the details of a nuclear deal," 13 June 2018 Samsung is offering it only with the 512GB and 1TB options on the S10+—but the high-gloss, ultra-durable finish might just be worth the extra dough. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "10 Samsung Galaxy S10, S10e, and S10+ features that actually surprised us," 20 Feb. 2019 Avrame says their homes are more efficient and maintain heat better than traditional A-frames thanks to durable structural insulated panels. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Affordable A-frame house can be built by just two people," 11 Jan. 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

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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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