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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

Full Definition of persevere

per·se·veredper·se·ver·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  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.



Origin of persevere

Middle English, from Anglo-French parseverer, from Latin perseverare, from per- through + severus severe


First Known Use: 14th century



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