en·​dur·​ance | \ in-ˈdu̇r-ən(t)s How to pronounce endurance (audio) , -ˈdyu̇r-, en-\

Definition of endurance

1 : the ability to withstand hardship or adversity especially : the ability to sustain a prolonged stressful effort or activity a marathon runner's endurance
2 : the act or an instance of enduring or suffering endurance of many hardships
3 : permanence, duration the endurance of the play's importance

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Examples of endurance in a Sentence

The exercise program is designed to increase both strength and endurance. the endurance of his love for his wife was not arrested even by her death

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Our coaches give us really hard workouts that test our limits, which gives us more endurance. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, "Pompano Piranhas conclude long-course season on winning note," 7 Aug. 2019 O’Brien said Carroll’s practices have been successful so far, and the coach recently used a fitness test made famous by Manchester United to gauge endurance and conditioning. Pat Stoetzer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Men’s Soccer: Carroll Community College eager to begin inaugural season," 6 Aug. 2019 Nesselroth appreciates the mix of riders, young and old, hard-core endurance riders and novices. Melanie Savage, courant.com, "Steeple Chase Fundraiser Benefits Homeless, Poor and Addicted," 2 Aug. 2019 The death of a conspiracy theory as X-Men fans find new hope To be an X-Men fan over the past decade has been a test in endurance and optimism. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "House of X restores an air of myth and mystique to Marvel’s Merry Mutants ahead of their arrival in the MCU.," 2 Aug. 2019 Semenya, 28, is hyperandrogenous, meaning her body naturally produces high amounts of testosterone, the hormone that helps build muscle, endurance and speed. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Swiss court bars intersex female runner Caster Semenya from 800 at world championships," 31 July 2019 Yes, Montero Lamar Hill offers us a master class in pop cultural endurance. The Christian Science Monitor, "Why the protests in Russia are different," 30 July 2019 Building endurance and ensuring the shortstop was in peak baseball shape was the organizational goal. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros' Carlos Correa makes long-awaited return to lineup," 26 July 2019 There is a lot of energy and physical endurance required due to the staging and choreography, especially for Rose since Matilda appears in most scenes. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Pomerado News, "REVIEW: ‘Matilda the Musical’ has surprise twists on movie’s plot," 24 July 2019

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First Known Use of endurance

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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English Language Learners Definition of endurance

: the ability to do something difficult for a long time
: the ability to deal with pain or suffering that continues for a long time
: the quality of continuing for a long time


en·​dur·​ance | \ in-ˈdu̇r-əns How to pronounce endurance (audio) , -ˈdyu̇r-\

Kids Definition of endurance

: the ability to put up with strain, suffering, or hardship The long hike tested our endurance.

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