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 lastingly (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 But the impeachment drama could have a lasting impact on Trump and other players: Donald Trump Trump can, and in all probability will, celebrate his acquittal on the campaign trail. Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY, "The trial is over; Trump won. Now get ready for the fallout.," 5 Feb. 2020 Grinspan will continue his search during February’s Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary, and this summer at the Democratic and Republican conventions, where the lasting impact of this winter’s trial should start to become apparent. Peggy Mcglone, Washington Post, "The Smithsonian is already hunting for impeachment artifacts. Senators, please hand over your fidget spinners.," 31 Jan. 2020 This decision will have a lasting impact on thousands of people in our community. Patrick Mcgeehan, New York Times, "Why Ocasio-Cortez Is Criticizing Cuomo’s Plan for a Train to La Guardia," 13 Jan. 2020 Here’s a list of 23 firearms that made a lasting impact over the last 10 years. John B. Snow, Outdoor Life, "Best Guns of the Decade," 2 Jan. 2020 Coaches remembered him for his larger body of work, which included 15 selections to the All-NBA team and 12 to the All-Defensive team, but more importantly a lasting impact beyond that. Matt Goul, cleveland, "Kobe Bryant death ‘shook a lot of us to the core:’ takeaways from the Chet Mason Invitational," 27 Jan. 2020 His lasting impact on Catchings There are two American families standing inside the Colosseum in Rome. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "Kobe Bryant's Indiana moments: Reggie Miller, retirement, Tamika Catchings, 2000 NBA Finals," 26 Jan. 2020 House Managers made a direct appeal to the Senators to consider the lasting impact of the President’s actions on our democracy, constitutional framework and Congress’ ability to exercise oversight of the executive branch. NBC News, "Schiff says he’ll be the last speaker tonight," 25 Jan. 2020 Though the job can be difficult and emotionally draining, what keeps many school nurses coming back is the opportunity to make a lasting, positive impact on children’s health. Gina Rich, Good Housekeeping, "Why Are Our School Nurses Disappearing?," 24 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Of all the things presidents do, their influence on the federal judiciary might be the longest lasting. Anthony Man,, "From liberal Broward, Donald Trump finds his latest pick for lifetime appointment as federal judge," 20 Sep. 2019 The shape of any lasting, formal cease-fire would most likely be one of the first items on the agenda in talks between Afghan officials and the Taliban, officials say. Mujib Mashal, New York Times, "The U.S. and the Taliban Are Near a Deal. Here’s What It Could Look Like.," 1 Feb. 2018 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,, "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

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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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“Lasting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce lasting (audio)

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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