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[lawng-las-ting, -lah-sting, long-] /ˈlɔŋˈlæs tɪŋ, -ˈlɑ stɪŋ, ˈlɒŋ-/
enduring or existing for a long period of time:
a long-lasting friendship.
effective for a relatively long period of time:
a long-lasting pain reliever.
resisting the effects of wear or use over a long period:
a long-lasting fabric used for work clothes.
Origin of long-lasting
1520-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Regrets and fears were not long-lasting, however, for the exigencies of our problem were sufficiently imperative and absorbing.

    My Attainment of the Pole Frederick A. Cook
  • However, that perfect spell of both mind and body was not long-lasting.

    Dave Dawson at Casablanca Robert Sydney Bowen
  • Stone towers frown aloft; long-lasting, grim with a thousand years.

    The French Revolution Thomas Carlyle
  • To the long-lasting sorrow and disgrace of Portugal, the philosophers blinded her king and flattered her Prime Minister.

    Wanderings in South America Charles Waterton
  • The Cleveland Venezuela message came at a time of no nervous strain and did, I think, produce no long-lasting effect.

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