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

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 everlasting (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 Most of us come into the world viewing our parents as healthy, strong and everlasting. Alia E. Dastagir, USA TODAY, 8 July 2021 To his everlasting credit, Bauer didn’t deny having previously used foreign substances to improve his grip on baseballs. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 9 June 2021 Buy Now Available from Amazon BGR may receive a commission Published in Nature, the new study seems to indicate that immortality and everlasting youths might be just myths. Chris Smith, BGR, 19 June 2021 Set on a slope by the vineyards, Holzer’s artwork is a garden that comprises a field of yellow everlasting flowers, paddle cactuses and mulberry trees enveloping a pond in which two large stones, each engraved with lines of poetry, are submerged. New York Times, 3 June 2021 One of Billy Beane’s best moves was acquiring Semien (and Chris Bassitt) in the six-player Jeff Samardzija trade in December 2014, and this also could be a doozy for a team whose playoff window isn’t everlasting. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 May 2021 Inspired by 90’s fashion, each piece is modern, chic and everlasting. Samantha Costantino, Forbes, 25 May 2021 Attempting to model the universe as precisely as possible is to try to see the one thing that even the strictest atheist agrees is everlasting. Virginia Heffernan, Wired, 18 May 2021 Other symbolic flowers featured are campanula for gratitude and everlasting love, rosemary for remembrance, lavender for devotion, and roses in honor of Prince Philip's birth month. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 17 Apr. 2021 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, 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 2 Aug. 2021.

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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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