everlasting

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adjective

ev·​er·​last·​ing ˌe-vər-ˈla-stiŋ How to pronounce everlasting (audio)
1
: lasting or enduring through all time : eternal
2
a(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
everlastingly adverb
everlastingness noun

everlasting

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noun

1
: eternity
from everlasting
2
capitalized : god sense 1
used with the
3
a
: 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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Example Sentences

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
But that dunk is everlasting, crystallized in Bulls history. Julia Poe, Chicago Tribune, 29 Sep. 2022 But the relationship would ultimately lead to Betty's death — and Candy's everlasting infamy. Greg Hanlon, Peoplemag, 5 Sep. 2022 The everlasting ice that gleamed from its rugged crest spoke of a world in balance. Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Aug. 2022 Summer camp, at its purest, is like Never-Never-Land—a place that exists only in childhood or in memories of it: lake swimming, tree climbing, secret telling, frog catching, and youth everlasting. Andrea Stanley, The Atlantic, 30 Aug. 2022 Despite a four-run eighth inning aided by the everlasting struggles of Ryan Brasier, Bogaerts’s dance could not be pushed to the back of the theater. Julian Mcwilliams, BostonGlobe.com, 26 Aug. 2022 These men and women are looking for the ultimate everlasting love, and the show provides them with a unique opportunity to decide who stays and who goes each week. al, 29 July 2022 Jana Schmieding: Reagan and Nathan’s friendship is everlasting. Selome Hailu, Variety, 17 June 2022 But build your home gym on a weight bench that's strong and versatile, and your gains will be everlasting. John Thompson, Men's Health, 2 June 2022
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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of everlasting was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Everlasting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/everlasting. Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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Kids Definition

everlasting

adjective

ev·​er·​last·​ing ˌe-vər-ˈla-stiŋ How to pronounce everlasting (audio)
1
: lasting forever : eternal
everlasting fame
2
: going on for a long time
Stop that everlasting noise!

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