ev·er·last·ing | \ˌe-vər-ˈla-stiŋ \

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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Other Words from everlasting


everlastingly \ˌe-vər-ˈla-stiŋ-lē \ adverb
everlastingness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for everlasting

Synonyms: Adjective

ceaseless, dateless, deathless, endless, eternal, immortal, permanent, perpetual, undying, unending

Synonyms: Noun

eternity, foreverness, infinity, perpetuity

Antonyms: Adjective

impermanent, mortal, temporary, transient

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Examples of everlasting in a Sentence


To his everlasting credit, he never once gave in to temptation. valentines typically express the giver's everlasting love and devotion


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

This ruling, along with the recent announcement that Justice Anthony Kennedy will retire, could have everlasting political effects on the country. Tauhid Chappell, Philly.com, "Supreme Courts decision could affect Pennsylvania politics, two casinos open in Atlantic city | Morning Newsletter," 28 June 2018 Cortez, to his everlasting credit, kept snapping his camera at the bottom of the dogpile. Sean Gregory, Time, "32 Teams Entered, 2 Remain. Your Ultimate Guide to the World Cup Final," 13 July 2018 It was made possible by executive order 9066, signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt—to his everlasting shame. Ben Joravsky, Chicago Reader, "Locking up Cubs legend Yosh Kawano also got Supreme Court OK," 27 June 2018 Ultimately, the groundwork that Hinkie laid and the nature of basketball itself – the everlasting truth that one or two elite players can have a profound and positive effect on a team’s fortunes – might be enough to save the Sixers. Mike Sielski, Philly.com, "Sixers owner Josh Harris doesn't seem to know how to run a stable franchise | Mike Sielski," 8 June 2018 Privacy - Terms The answer to that question produces what should be Exhibit One in the efforts by cities across the state to save their powers to grow their communities for the everlasting benefit to their citizens. Richard Greene, star-telegram, "Tax breaks for one development shows why they can be good for a city," 1 June 2018 Tommie Smith, the 1963 state winner in the 440, won the gold medal in the 200 meters at the 1968 Olympics and everlasting fame for his black power salute alongside John Carlos during the national anthem on the victory stand. Jerry Soifer, latimes.com, "100 years of the state track meet: from future Olympic heroes to Johnny Mathis, a tapestry of talent," 29 May 2018 To celebrate the everlasting power of that moment after nearly two decades, Shatner asked people to submit their own perfect date concepts. Raisa Bruner, Time, "William Shatner Is Still Out Here Asking Us About Our Perfect Date," 25 Apr. 2018 Neither woman was nominated for acting, but their attire certainly left an everlasting mark. Maria Ward, Vogue, "The 30 Best Oscars Red Carpet Dresses of All Time," 26 Feb. 2017

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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English Language Learners Definition of everlasting

: lasting forever


ev·er·last·ing | \ˌe-vər-ˈla-stiŋ \

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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