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Definition of everlasting

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : lasting or enduring through all time : eternal
2a(1) : continuing for a long time or indefinitely
(2) : having or being flowers or foliage that retain form or color for a long time when dried
b : tediously persistent the everlasting sympathy-seeker who demands attention— H. A. Overstreet
3 : wearing indefinitely everlasting twill pants



Definition of everlasting (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : eternity from everlasting
2 capitalized : god sense 1 used with the
3a : any of several chiefly composite plants (such as cudweed) with flowers that can be dried without loss of form or color — compare pearly everlasting
b : the flower of an everlasting

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everlastingly \ ˌe-​vər-​ˈla-​stiŋ-​lē How to pronounce everlastingly (audio) \ adverb
everlastingness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for everlasting

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of everlasting in a Sentence

Adjective To his everlasting credit, he never once gave in to temptation. valentines typically express the giver's everlasting love and devotion Noun that special bond that has existed between mother and child from everlasting people who believe that the magnificence of the natural world is proof of the existence of the Everlasting
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Carter gave those kids an everlasting introduction to basketball, and the addition of Canadian players in the NBA is growing. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Vince Carter inspired, influenced many during his remarkable 22-year career," 25 June 2020 Such a drastic shift in the league calendar would likely have everlasting effects on future seasons. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "Plan to resume NBA season includes Spurs," 3 June 2020 He is also convinced that our pandemic response stems from a deeper civilizational malaise, one that prioritizes the fleeting material world over the everlasting life that awaits our souls after death. Matthew Sitman, The New Republic, "Why the Pandemic Is Driving Conservative Intellectuals Mad," 21 May 2020 The following year, to Suzuki's everlasting regret, some character assassins, masquerading as the staffs of Consumer Reports and the Center for Auto Safety, claimed that the Samurai was easier to flip than a toilet seat. Fred M.h. Gregory, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1996 Suzuki X90 Tries to Launch a New Segment and Fails," 26 May 2020 Beyonce reforming her beloved trio with Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, updating their sound, bringing their many hits on the road, reaffirming their everlasting bond and place as one of the most important girl groups of the new century. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Five Burning Questions: Billboard Staffers Discuss Jonas Brothers' Massive No. 1 Album Debut," 19 June 2019 In Rome, there's a Moccia route where fans can see lines from the books painted on buildings, and remember when people began putting locks on bridges to signify their everlasting love? Sabienna Bowman, refinery29.com, "If You Love Summertime You’ll Love The YA Books It’s Based On, Too," 30 Apr. 2020 The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum is celebrating the Founding Couple’s everlasting bond with a series of performances. BostonGlobe.com, "5 things to do in Boston this weekend," 12 Feb. 2020 To his everlasting credit, my husband has taken the lead on my kids’ distance learning. Jessica Grose, New York Times, "I Don’t Want to Be a Fun Mom," 29 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Venus et Fleur Lé Mini rose in round box, $39, venusetfleur.com Impress the host with an (almost) everlasting rose. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Homey Holiday Gift Ideas That Will Make You the Star of Secret Santa," 14 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of everlasting


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Everlasting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/everlasting. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of everlasting

: lasting forever


ev·​er·​last·​ing | \ ˌe-vər-ˈla-stiŋ How to pronounce everlasting (audio) \

Kids Definition of everlasting

1 : lasting forever : eternal everlasting fame
2 : going on for a long time Stop that everlasting noise!

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