lasting

adjective
last·​ing | \ˈla-stiŋ \

Definition of lasting 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: existing or continuing a long while : enduring

lasting

noun

Definition of lasting (Entry 2 of 2)

1 archaic : long life

2 : a sturdy cotton or worsted cloth used especially in shoes and luggage

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Other Words from lasting

Adjective

lastingly \ˈla-​stiŋ-​lē \ adverb
lastingness noun

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Adjective

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

Examples of lasting in a Sentence

Adjective

a book with lasting significance The trip had a lasting effect on her.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The influx of Trump’s judicial picks has the potential to shift the federal judiciary much further to the right — and have a lasting impact on everything from environmental protections to campaign finance reform. Li Zhou, Vox, "Democrats’ very limited options for stopping Mitch McConnell’s judicial onslaught," 14 Nov. 2018 Has any of the approaches done in the last five years created any sustainable lasting, positive impact vis-à-vis sanitation? Sui-lee Wee, The Seattle Times, "Bill Gates encourages the world to build a better toilet," 6 Nov. 2018 While this shortage will have some short-term impacts, Gartner does not see any lasting impact on overall PC demand. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft cracks the top 5 U.S. PC vendors, but Intel CPU shortages could bring more change," 11 Oct. 2018 If Kennedy is replaced with a someone ideologically similar to the late Justice Antonin Scalia or Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, there could be lasting consequences—particularly for drinking water and climate change. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "‘There’s No Happier Person in America Right Now Than Scott Pruitt’," 29 June 2018 But the holes themselves have enough character to making a lasting impression as well. Brent Kennedy, Howard County Times, "Worthington Manor Golf Club," 29 June 2018 People may think our outdoor recreation leaves no trace, but our mere presence can have lasting consequences. Kaitlyn Gaynor, CNN, "To avoid humans, more wildlife now work the night shift," 14 June 2018 The Oregon Daily Emerald's August Howell writes Simpson will leave a lasting impression on the program. Ken Goe, OregonLive.com, "Damarcus Simpson takes flight: Clayton Murphy to run at L&C: Oregon track & field rundown," 4 June 2018 As an employee of the Seminole County Transportation Department, Rob took pride in creating a pleasant and clean environment, leaving a lasting impression for both clients and employees. OrlandoSentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 5/22," 22 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

O’Connor advises painting highlights in ribbons two to three inches from the scalp in an irregular vertical pattern — an inch apart — and framing the face to give long lasting and natural-looking results. Erin Hill, PEOPLE.com, "Did Meghan Markle Just Get Red Highlights? How to Steal Her New 'Sun-Kissed' Look," 9 Mar. 2018 Warren, who’s refreshingly candid, is not afraid to hope aloud that people will connect with the track in a lasting — and award-worthy — way. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Songwriter Diane Warren Has Received Nine Oscar Nominations. Now She's Ready for Her Prize," 23 Feb. 2018 This outcome would do lasting and possibly fatal damage to the agreement, however. Jonah Shepp, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Is Letting Congress Determine the Iran Deal’s Fate. Here’s What It Can Do.," 13 Oct. 2017 And while the late summer hurricane tally has gone past Harvey, to Irma and now to Maria, the Tobar's struggle shows that each storm leaves a lasting wound. Maggie Fox, NBC News, "For This Family, Hurricane Harvey Was Only the Latest Blow," 21 Sep. 2017 Along with warming air temperature, heat bursts most often bring about short-lasting, strong winds. Laura Sussman, sacbee, "Rare heat burst spikes temperatures as thunderstorms fade in Vacaville," 4 Aug. 2017 Whether coal’s comeback proves lasting has significant implications for long-term emission reduction targets, and for environmentalists’ hopes that China and India could emerge as leaders in battling climate change. Katy Daigle, The Seattle Times, "Coal on the rise in China, U.S., India after major 2016 drop," 26 June 2017 Whether coal's comeback proves lasting has significant implications for long-term emission reduction targets, and for environmentalists' hopes that China and India could emerge as leaders in battling climate change. Matthew Brown And Katy Daigle, chicagotribune.com, "Coal on the rise in China, U.S., India after major 2016 drop," 26 June 2017 Whether coal's comeback proves lasting has significant implications for long-term emission reduction targets, and for environmentalists' hopes that China and India could emerge as leaders in battling climate change. Matthew Brown And Katy Daigle, The Christian Science Monitor, "Coal mining rises again in China, US, and India after a 2016 drop," 26 June 2017

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First Known Use of lasting

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1762, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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lasting

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of lasting

: existing or continuing for a long time

lasting

adjective
last·​ing | \ˈlas-tiŋ \

Kids Definition of lasting

: continuing for a long while a lasting impression

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