durable

adjective
du·​ra·​ble | \ ˈdu̇r-ə-bəl also ˈdyu̇r- How to pronounce durable (audio) \

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 \ -​blē How to pronounce durably (audio) \ 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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Quartz composite Quartz composite sinks are made from 80 percent stone powder and 20 percent acrylic for an extremely durable, completely nonporous surface. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "Sinks," 11 Feb. 2019 Acrylic, however, is less durable than wool and can become fuzzy over time due to wear and tear. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "The Best Carpet Types for a Perfectly Grounded Space," 13 Feb. 2019 Low-Density Polyethylene Heavy plastics that are both durable and flexible, including films, fertilizer bags, bubble wrap, bendy bottles and thick shopping bags. Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "Do you take recycling seriously? Here's how Sacramento's waste rules are changing," 10 July 2018 Rookie of the year finalist Ben Simmons wowed at both ends in his first season and center Joel Embiid, who joined Antetokounmpo on the all-NBA second team, proved to be both durable and dominant during his second full season. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "As NBA Finals begin, where do Bucks fit in the contender conversation in the East?," 30 May 2018 Like other recent text-replace memes, this one is both durable and easy to recreate. Aja Romano, Vox, "“Is this a meme?”: the confused anime guy and his butterfly, explained," 15 May 2018 Both are relatively durable and have loads of experience. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Karan Higdon, Chris Evans could give Michigan dynamic 1-2 punch in 2018," 9 Jan. 2018 Think gingerbread houses, but more durable (and way less messy). Sam Gutierrez, House Beautiful, "Joanna Gaines’s DIY Christmas Village Templates Are The Easiest (And Cutest) Way To Decorate Your Mantel," 11 Dec. 2018 The boots look rugged, durable, and, most of all, comfortable thanks to a two-inch heel. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Here's the Perfect Winter Boot From Macy's Black Friday Preview Sale," 20 Nov. 2018

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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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