Simple Definition of persevere
: to continue doing something or trying to do something even though it is difficult
Full Definition of persevere
: to persist in a state, enterprise, or undertaking in spite of counterinfluences, opposition, or discouragement
Examples of persevere in a sentence
She persevered in her studies and graduated near the top of her class.
Even though he was tired, he persevered and finished the race.
Origin of persevere
Middle English, from Anglo-French parseverer, from Latin perseverare, from per- through + severus severe
First Known Use: 14th century
Rhymes with persevere
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PERSEVERE Defined for Kids
Definition of persevere for Students
: to keep trying to do something in spite of difficulties <She persevered in learning to speak French.>
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