lasting

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

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 How to pronounce lastingly (audio) \ 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

David is right that witnessing or surviving violence can leave lasting impacts. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Parkland Students Share Mental Health Resources to Support Each Other," 25 Mar. 2019 They weren’t just anthologized once or twice in prestigious mainstream publications, but rather won a more lasting name among fiction lovers. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Harlan Ellison’s Death Raises a #MeToo Quandary," 2 July 2018 Another weather phenomenon that’s showing signs of development could have a more lasting impact in terms of drought relief. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Arizona got no drought relief in June. When will the monsoon start?," 1 July 2018 Adding soybean meal will make the resulting change a bit more lasting, so an equal mix of the two is ideal. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Plants starting to look a little crowded? Here’s how to thin them out," 28 June 2018 One guard’s balky shooting form may be a correctable flaw, while one center’s shoddy defensive awareness could prove a more lasting problem. Chris Johnson, SI.com, "2018 NBA Draft Superlatives: Biggest Sleeper, Safest Pick And More," 14 June 2018 This was what terrified me the most, and has had the most lasting impact on my life. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "Christine Blasey Ford's Testimony Is a Detailed Account of Brett Kavanaugh's Alleged Assault," 26 Sep. 2018 Aaron's lasting impact throughout the telecast will feature interviews and sound bites from former teammates Ralph Garr, Billy Williams, and Dusty Baker, plus Willie Mays and archived comments from Muhammad Ali and Mickey Mantle. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "ESPN will highlight Hank Aaron for Tuesday's national baseball telecast," 12 June 2018 William first visited the charity with his mother, Princess Diana, in 1993 and has spoken about the lasting impact the visit had on him. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Prince William Takes Responsibility of Princess Diana's Beloved Charity, The Passage," 13 Feb. 2019

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 How to pronounce lasting (audio) \

Kids Definition of lasting

: continuing for a long while a lasting impression

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