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

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Adjective a book with lasting significance The trip had a lasting effect on her.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The lasting image of Ramparts’ second incarnation was a cover depicting a burning bank branch in Southern California. Ronald Radosh, The New Republic, "Our Friend, the Trump Propagandist," 5 May 2021 But the world has changed both for Mr. Cuomo, who has been weakened by deepening scandals that threaten his tenure, and for New York, where the pandemic has made remote work a lasting legacy and there is a record glut of office space. New York Times, "To Save Penn Station, New York Wants to Build 10 Skyscrapers," 5 May 2021 In a lasting image of the Games, Komova walked off crying into her coach's arms while Douglas waved to the crowd. Aria Gerson, USA TODAY, "Gabby Douglas lifted gymnastics and Black athletes to new heights in 2012," 2 Aug. 2020 And although these dynamics might improve as the coronavirus fades, the pandemic could have a lasting impact. Alex Putterman,, "The debate over the University of Hartford isn’t just about Division I sports but about the future of a school with major financial challenges," 25 Apr. 2021 The coronavirus sapped global demand for fossil fuels as the industry also faces longer-term challenges from the rise of electric cars, the proliferation of renewable energy and growing concern about the lasting impact of climate change. Allison Prang, WSJ, "Tesla, Apple and Amazon Headline a Heavy Earnings Week," 24 Apr. 2021 Two victims of the attack also submitted letters that described its lasting impact on their lives. New York Times, "Port Authority Bomber Is Sentenced to Life in Prison," 22 Apr. 2021 Meanwhile, Khloe sets out in search of a homeless man who made a lasting impact on her years ago. oregonlive, "Keeping Up With the Kardashians Season 20, Episode 6 free live stream info, time, TV channel, how to watch KUWTK online without cable (4/22/21)," 22 Apr. 2021 The pandemic is further accelerating this shift and will likely have a lasting impact on the industry. Melissa Blanken, Forbes, "Digital Marketing Guide: Six Tips For Maximizing Efforts And Driving Growth In 2021," 21 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun With tiny-home interiors and rocket-like facades, these trailers take about 350 hours of labor to make apiece, and are touted as durable and long lasting — and without any wood in the design, there's nothing to rot. Isabel Koyama, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Greater Milwaukee Auto Show is open. Here are 5 cool things we found.," 6 May 2021 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

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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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10 May 2021

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“Lasting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 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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