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 With so much competition in the market, a lasting impression is often sealed with a tiny gesture. Mike Goldys, USA TODAY, 7 May 2022 One of the biggest lessons of the current job market is that sloppy hiring practices can leave a lasting impression on everyone involved in the process. Jane Thier, Fortune, 5 May 2022 The family physician made frequent house calls to his home to treat Dr. Mower’s ill uncle, and the medical visits made a lasting impression on the teenager. Frederick N. Rasmussen, Baltimore Sun, 30 Apr. 2022 Hurley’s passion left a lasting impression on Nahiem and Daryl when he got ejected for hyping up the crowd in UConn’s 71-69 win over Villanova on Jan. 22. Shreyas Laddha, Hartford Courant, 27 Apr. 2022 Today, Hawn, 76, strives to continue to leave a lasting impression on the people around her, especially our future generations of children, through her dedicated efforts with MindUP For Life and The Goldie Hawn Foundation. Jeff Conway, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2022 Time has not run out, though, to make a lasting impression. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 15 Apr. 2022 Loungewear has definitely gone up in popularity due to the pandemic, perhaps making a lasting impression on the industry and people's clothing routines. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 12 Apr. 2022 That’s a lasting impression that the Forum has made on these people’s lives. Matt Brennan, Los Angeles Times, 10 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun When finished, lock in your blowout with the cooldown settings for lasting-results. Tatjana Freund, ELLE, 10 Feb. 2022 The mistake led to a lasting, over-the-phone friendship all these years. NBC News, 30 Nov. 2021 Given the pandemic’s continual reminder of life’s impermanence, possessions that feel solid and long-lasting can provide a kind of talismanic comfort — another way to challenge mortality. Rhonda K. Garelick, Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2021 Below 11 East Bay alums reflect on the lasting imprint the Berkeley restaurant left on their lives. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Oct. 2021 The challenge—which can make the difference between a lasting, satisfying partnership and one that combusts—is figuring out how to manage conflict constructively. Rhaina Cohen, The Atlantic, 13 Sep. 2021 Nothing feels big, important or long-lasting on this topic. Nina Metz,, 2 Aug. 2021 But Tuesday’s testimony underscored the lasting of impact the attack for those who experienced it up close on January 6. Jeremy Herb, CNN, 27 July 2021 Winfrey's upcoming book is set to hit shelves April 27, with the tour kicking off the same day and lasting until May 3. Elise Brisco, USA TODAY, 15 Apr. 2021 See More

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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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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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