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 Last week, the Department of General Services asked engineers to investigate whether there’s a more lasting repair. Washington Post, "‘The ghost of Sally Hemings’: A stubborn leak haunts tribute to Jefferson’s architectural genius," 2 Dec. 2019 Future success is never promised, so anytime the chance to do something special slips through your fingers, the pain leaves a lasting mark. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "Jace Frederick: Gophers must turn painful failure into future success," 30 Nov. 2019 Two major residential projects, within blocks of one another, promise to have the most lasting impact on the future of the street. The Denver Post, "Post Premium: Our best stories for the week of Nov. 4 – 10," 10 Nov. 2019 But while political leaders come and go, the deeper, more lasting force at work is demographics., "How voters turned Virginia from deep red to solid blue - The Boston Globe," 10 Nov. 2019 But while political leaders come and go, the deeper, more lasting force at work is demographics. Robert Gebeloff, New York Times, "How Voters Turned Virginia From Deep Red to Solid Blue," 9 Nov. 2019 But many students and alumni of boys’ schools, and their girls’ school peers, are pushing for more lasting change. Katie Reilly, Time, "What Is the Role of an All-Boys School in 2019? How the Elite Institutions Are Trying to Adapt," 14 Oct. 2019 Needless to say, the city’s sports successes were far more lasting than Kerry’s run for the Presidency. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Democratic National Convention has been a harbinger of great sports success for its host city. Is Milwaukee next?," 12 July 2019 These programs are created to have a lasting, sustainable solution to local problems within the community. Tatyana Monnay,, "Broward County Girl Scouts go for the gold with community service projects," 26 June 2019 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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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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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