endurance

noun
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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But this journey was certain to bring new challenges that would question my easy endurance. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "What It’s Like to Take the Longest Flight in the World," 26 Oct. 2018 While on alternate-day fasting, rodents improve their endurance, senses, memory and ability to learn. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "Not So Fast," 24 Sep. 2018 The Senate took him at his word, praising him for his candor and (late in the day) his endurance. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Congress is getting better at questioning social media executives," 6 Sep. 2018 They're typically used by athletes for endurance training, but the keto-friendly ones claim to energize you and offset the physical side effects of the keto flu. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Keto Diet Pills and Supplements May Hurt Your Health and Waste Your Money," 16 Jan. 2019 Many of these people have never met, but they are linked by that day—bound by horror and loss as well as by endurance and hope. Margaret Lazarus Dean, Popular Mechanics, "The Oral History of the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster," 28 Jan. 2019 The tour lasts anywhere from six to nine hours, depending on your group’s endurance level, and covers well over a dozen eateries. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Days In Istanbul," 28 Dec. 2018 Although endurance matters—players routinely run seven miles in a match—games can be won or lost by how strong players are. Daniel Ackerman, Scientific American, "Avoiding the “Bobblehead Effect”: Strength Training Could Help Soccer Players," 29 June 2018 The tense uncertainty of the music perfectly suited Mr. Cox’s songs, which were elliptical snapshots of fear, loneliness, revulsion and the occasional triumph, and that feeling of stubborn endurance was essential to their appeal. Mark Richardson, WSJ, "‘Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?’ by Deerhunter Review: A Statelier Kind of Chaos," 9 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of endurance

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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endurance

noun

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

endurance

noun
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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