last·​ing | \ ˈla-stiŋ How to pronounce lasting (audio) \

Definition of lasting

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: existing or continuing a long while : enduring



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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lastingly \ ˈla-​stiŋ-​lē How to pronounce lasting (audio) \ adverb
lastingness noun

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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 solution to change the lasting impact of pool segregation and to diversify the waters of competitive swim teams is to create more access for Black bodies, said University of Louisville head swim coach Arthur Albiero. Andre Toran, USA TODAY, "Unwelcome waters: Segregated public pools and the lasting effect they have on the Black community," 24 Feb. 2021 There may be some reconstruction costs, but more of your money will go to details that create a lasting impact. Kaitlin Peterson, House Beautiful, "5 Signs You Should Renovate the House You’re Living In," 19 Feb. 2021 Even if the bill fails to gain traction, Mr. López Obrador’s push to dismantle energy changes that opened up the country to private investment during the previous administration could have a lasting impact on Mexico’s economy, analysts said. Oscar Lopez, New York Times, "Mexico Cries Foul at Natural Gas Cutoff Ordered by Texas Governor," 18 Feb. 2021 Ahead, Mock opens up about the hours of research, Justice Ginsburg's lasting impact, and profiling the trailblazer for women's rights. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Freida Lee Mock Captured the "Extraordinary" Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a Documentary," 11 Feb. 2021 Proper respect and recognition is due for an artist who has had such a lasting impact on American art and design. New York Times, "Addiction, Nampeyo and Other Letters to the Editor," 5 Feb. 2021 The whipsaw of executive orders under Trump and now Biden has proven that legislation is needed for lasting impact. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, "Exclusive: Indiana Republican Sen. Mike Braun will support Biden's EPA pick, but not his agenda," 5 Feb. 2021 Jeff Rosica, Avid’s chief executive, said the academy typically doles out Emmys only to recognize technology that has made a lasting, fundamental impact on the broadcast industry. Globe Staff,, "Boston-area tech firms rack up Emmy awards," 5 Feb. 2021 But it was finished off by the mob of his own supporters who stormed the Capitol this past Wednesday and inflicted more lasting damage on their man than anything his enemies ever managed. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "All Donald Trump’s Deplorables," 11 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Competing against your friends and family is a hallmark of board game design, and this good-natured back-and-forth does a lot to enhance your social bonds and form lasting, quality memories. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "Best board games: Five things to consider," 10 Dec. 2020 Amy Coney Barrett's ascension to the high court could have an immediate, and lasting, impact on how the United States governs public health crises. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Supreme Court Versus the Coronavirus," 17 Nov. 2020 But Ng showing what’s possible will have a lasting, and far-reaching, impact. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: 'If you see it, you can be it.' Kim Ng's hiring as Marlins GM opens endless possibilities," 13 Nov. 2020 But researchers and patient advocates said consumers need more, and lasting, protections. Laura Ungar, USA TODAY, "'Surprise' bills from ambulances deal a costly blow. Patients need more protection, researchers say.," 11 Sep. 2020 Tall drivers complain that its trailing edge leaves a lasting (and numbing) impression on their legs. Steve Smith, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1980 Audi 4000 Needs to Cook a Little Longer," 14 Aug. 2020 The Philippines’ lockdown, among the fiercest and longest-lasting in the world, has been terrible for millions of others too. The Economist, "The Philippines’ fierce lockdown drags on, despite uncertain benefits," 11 July 2020 No matter the measure, job loss triggered by the pandemic is historically high and likely to leave a lasting... Eric Morath, WSJ, "How Many U.S. Workers Have Lost Jobs During Coronavirus Pandemic? There Are Several Ways to Count," 3 June 2020 But Camp Century has left a lasting, nonmilitary legacy: a 1.3-kilometer-long ice core drilled at the site that holds secrets of Earth’s ancient climate. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Top stories: Human origins debate, an African DNA scandal, and moles’ weird way of walking," 1 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of lasting


13th century, in the meaning defined above


1762, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 Feb 2021

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“Lasting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of lasting

: existing or continuing for a long time


last·​ing | \ ˈlas-tiŋ How to pronounce lasting (audio) \

Kids Definition of lasting

: continuing for a long while a lasting impression

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