• (GA) IPA: /ˈlæstɪŋ/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈlɑːstɪŋ/
  • (æ-tensing) IPA: /ˈleəstɪŋ/
  • (Northern England) IPA: /ˈlastɪŋ/


  1. Persisting for an extended period of time.
    Synonyms: abiding, durable, Thesaurus:lasting
    After World War I it was hoped that a lasting peace had been achieved. It hadn’t.
    I was taken to the theatre for the first time when I was six years old, and the experience made a lasting impression on me.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, London: William Ponsonbie, Book 2, Canto 5, p. 249,
      […] hasty wroth, and heedlesse hazardry
      Doe breede repentaunce late, and lasting infamy.
    • 1706, Susanna Centlivre, Love at a Venture, London: John Chantry, Act V, p. 63,
      Look ye, Marriage is a lasting thing—if it were for six Months only, I might venture upon thee—but for all days of my Life—mercy upon me […]
    • 1823, Lord Byron, Don Juan (poem), Canto 11,
      I knew that nought was lasting, but now even
      Change grows too changeable, without being new:
    • 1931, Pearl S. Buck, The Good Earth, New York: Modern Library, 1944, Chapter 34, p. 311,
      Then his son bought a carven coffin hewn from a great log of fragrant wood which is used to bury the dead in and for nothing else because that wood is as lasting as iron, and more lasting than human bones, and Wang Lung was comforted.
  2. (obsolete) Persisting forever.
    Synonyms: eternal, everlasting, Thesaurus:eternal
    • circa 1596 William Shakespeare, King John (play), Act 5, Scene 7,
      I am the cygnet to this pale faint swan,
      Who chants a doleful hymn to his own death,
      And from the organ-pipe of frailty sings
      His soul and body to their lasting rest.
    • 1678, John Bunyan, The Pilgrim's Progress, London: Nath. Ponder, p. 24,
      Things that are first must give place, but things that are last, are lasting.
Translations Verb
  1. present participle of last#English|last

lasting (plural lastings)

  1. (obsolete) The action or state of persisting; the time during which something or someone persists.
    Synonyms: continuance, duration, endurance
    • 1598, I. D. (possibly John Dee) (translator), Politics (Aristotle), London: Adam Islip, Chapter 12, p. 334,
      But all things that haue beginning, must come to an end, and whatsoeuer groweth, must likewise deminish, being subiect to corruption and change, according to the time appointed vnto it by the course of Nature, as is seene by experience in plants, and in wights, which haue their ages and lastings certaine and determined.
    • 1651, John Donne, Letters to Severall Persons of Honour, London: Richard Marriot, dedicatory epistle,
      […] it may be some kinde of Prophecy, of the continuance, and lasting of these Letters, that having been scattered, more then Sibyls leaves, I cannot say into parts, but corners of the World, they have recollected and united themselves […]
    • 1690, John Locke, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, London: Thomas Basset, Book 2, Chapter 10, § 4, p. 65,
      But concerning the several degrees of lasting, wherewith Ideas are imprinted on the Memory, we may observe […]
  2. A durable woollen material formerly used for women's shoes.
    Synonyms: everlasting
  3. The act or process of shaping footwear on a last.

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