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persevere

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verb per·se·vere \ˌpər-sə-ˈvir\

Simple Definition of persevere

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of persevere

persevered

persevering

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to persist in a state, enterprise, or undertaking in spite of counterinfluences, opposition, or discouragement

perseveringly

adverb

Examples of persevere in a sentence

  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.



Origin and Etymology 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

persevere

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verb per·se·vere \ˌpər-sə-ˈvir\

Definition of persevere for Students

persevered

persevering

  1. :  to keep trying to do something in spite of difficulties <She persevered in learning to speak French.>





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