verb per·se·vere \ˌpər-sə-ˈvir\

: to continue doing something or trying to do something even though it is difficult


Full Definition of PERSEVERE

intransitive verb
:  to persist in a state, enterprise, or undertaking in spite of counterinfluences, opposition, or discouragement
per·se·ver·ing·ly adverb

Examples of PERSEVERE

  1. She persevered in her studies and graduated near the top of her class.
  2. Even though he was tired, he persevered and finished the race.


Middle English, from Anglo-French parseverer, from Latin perseverare, from per- through + severus severe
First Known Use: 14th century


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