verb en·dure \in-ˈdr, -ˈdyr, en-\

: to continue to exist in the same state or condition

: to experience (pain or suffering) for a long time

: to deal with or accept (something unpleasant)


Full Definition of ENDURE

transitive verb
:  to undergo (as a hardship) especially without giving in :  suffer <endured great pain>
:  to regard with acceptance or tolerance <could not endure noisy children>
intransitive verb
:  to continue in the same state :  last <the style endured for centuries>
:  to remain firm under suffering or misfortune without yielding <though it is difficult, we must endure>

Examples of ENDURE

  1. She wants to make sure her legacy will endure.
  2. He endured five years as a prisoner of war.
  3. We endured the lecture for as long as we could.

Origin of ENDURE

Middle English, from Anglo-French endurer, from Vulgar Latin *indurare, from Latin, to harden, from in- + durare to harden, endure — more at during
First Known Use: 14th century


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