[ ev-er-las-ting, -lah-sting ]
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  1. lasting forever; eternal: everlasting future life.

  2. lasting or continuing for an indefinitely long time: the everlasting hills.

  1. incessant; constantly recurring: He is plagued by everlasting attacks of influenza.

  2. wearisome; tedious: She tired of his everlasting puns.

  1. eternal duration; eternity: What is the span of one life compared with the everlasting?

  2. the Everlasting, God.

  1. any of various plants that retain their shape or color when dried, as certain composite plants of the genera Helichrysum, Gnaphalium, and Helipterum.

Origin of everlasting

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English; see origin at ever, lasting

synonym study For everlasting

1. See eternal.

Opposites for everlasting

Other words from everlasting

  • ev·er·last·ing·ly, adverb
  • ev·er·last·ing·ness, noun
  • qua·si-ev·er·last·ing, adjective
  • qua·si-ev·er·last·ing·ly, adverb

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How to use everlasting in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for everlasting


/ (ˌɛvəˈlɑːstɪŋ) /

  1. never coming to an end; eternal

  2. lasting for an indefinitely long period

  1. lasting so long or occurring so often as to become tedious; incessant: I cannot bear her everlasting complaints

  1. endless duration; eternity

  2. Also called: everlasting flower another name for immortelle See also cat's-foot

Derived forms of everlasting

  • everlastingly, adverb
  • everlastingness, noun

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