Something that is built to last is durable. Your most durable pair of hiking boots will last you through your trek to the summit of Mount Everest.

Anything that's long-lasting, sturdy, or doesn't bend under pressure can be described as durable. You could have a durable relationship with your oldest friend, durable tires on your car, and a durable umbrella — they won't let you down or break. The Latin root of durable is durabilis, which means "lasting or permanent," and comes from durare, "to harden."

Definitions of durable
  1. adjective
    existing for a long time
    “hopes for a durable peace”
    synonyms: lasting, long-lasting, long-lived
    primarily temporal sense; being or indicating a relatively great or greater than average duration or passage of time or a duration as specified
  2. adjective
    very long lasting
    “less durable rocks were gradually worn away to form valleys”
    synonyms: indestructible, perdurable, undestroyable
    not perishable
  3. adjective
    capable of withstanding wear and tear and decay
    durable denim jeans”
    synonyms: long-wearing
    ready for service or able to give long service
Word Family

Test prep from the experts

Boost your test score with programs developed by Vocabulary.com’s experts.

  • Proven methods: Learn faster, remember longer with our scientific approach.
  • Personalized plan: We customize your experience to maximize your learning.
  • Strategic studying: Focus on the words that are most crucial for success.


  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 8 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week


  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 10 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week


  • Number of words: 700+
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Time: 1 hour / week