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last·​ing ˈla-stiŋ How to pronounce lasting (audio)
: existing or continuing a long while : enduring
lastingly adverb
lastingness noun


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archaic : long life
: a sturdy cotton or worsted cloth used especially in shoes and luggage
Choose the Right Synonym for lasting

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.
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Word History

First Known Use


13th century, in the meaning defined above


1762, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of lasting was in the 13th century

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“Lasting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: existing or continuing a long while
lastingly adverb
lastingness noun

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