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persevere

verb per·se·vere \ˌpər-sə-ˈvir\

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

per·se·veredper·se·ver·ing

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.

Origin of PERSEVERE

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

persevere

verb per·se·vere \ˌpər-sə-ˈvir\
per·se·veredper·se·ver·ing

Definition of PERSEVERE for Kids

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

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