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lasting

adjective last·ing \ ˈla-stiŋ \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of lasting

: existing or continuing a long while : enduring

lastingly

play \ˈla-stiŋ-lē\ adverb

lastingness

noun

Examples of lasting in a Sentence

  1. a book with lasting significance

  2. The trip had a lasting effect on her.

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First Known Use of lasting

13th century

Synonym Discussion of lasting

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

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lasting

noun

Definition of lasting

1 archaic : long life
2 : a sturdy cotton or worsted cloth used especially in shoes and luggage

Recent Examples of lasting from the Web

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First Known Use of lasting

1762


LASTING Defined for English Language Learners

lasting

adjective

Definition of lasting for English Language Learners

  • : existing or continuing for a long time


LASTING Defined for Kids

lasting

adjective last·ing \ ˈlas-tiŋ \

Definition of lasting for Students

: continuing for a long while
  • a lasting impression


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