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

Keep scrolling for more

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

Recent Examples on the Web

And for these paragons of endurance, the weather is just right. Daniel Ackerman, Anchorage Daily News, "Ancient life awakens amid thawing ice caps and permafrost," 8 July 2019 Regular readers of the daily newsletter may be partial to the brand’s chummy, punny, informal language, but in my case, 200-plus pages of Skimm-speak proved a test of endurance. Washington Post, "Do millennial women really need the book ‘How to Skimm Your Life’? Give us more credit.," 25 June 2019 The Ojai Music Festival, four days of programming that can go from early morning to late night, has become a trial of endurance for its music director. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "Review: Ojai Music Festival witnesses Barbara Hannigan, Wonder Woman in Wonderland," 10 June 2019 Like biking in the Alps, their friendship is a test of endurance. Jake Coyle, The Seattle Times, "On two wheels, ‘The Climb’ rides through Cannes as a hit," 20 May 2019 Regular readers of the daily newsletter may be partial to the brand's chummy, punny, informal language, but in my case, 200-plus pages of Skimm-speak proved a test of endurance. Nneka Mcguire, Dallas News, "Do millennial women really need the book 'How to Skimm Your Life'? Give us more credit," 25 June 2019 Researchers say that proportions of certain bacterial species increase after endurance athletes have completed a marathon. Emily Willingham, Scientific American, "Elite Athletes’ Gut Bacteria Give Rodent Runners a Boost," 24 June 2019 And Governor Steve Bullock postponed the announcement of his presidential campaign for a true test of personal endurance — the Advanced Placement exams his 17-year-old daughter had to take. Lisa Lerer, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Who’s taking care of the kids?’ Is finally a question for dads on the trail, too," 16 June 2019 There's something for wine enthusiasts and foodies, music for every taste (bluegrass, jazz, and chamber music), and gatherings for yogis, endurance athletes, and film buffs. Zoe Settle, Town & Country, "What To Do In Telluride This Summer," 18 July 2014

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'endurance.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of endurance

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about endurance

Statistics for endurance

Last Updated

14 Jul 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for endurance

The first known use of endurance was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for endurance



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.

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on endurance

What made you want to look up endurance? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


providing supplementary assistance

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!