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
Recent Examples on the Web This last event, still ongoing, has evinced a scale, creativity, and endurance that challenges those skeptical of the Internet’s ability to mediate a movement. Jane Hu, The New Yorker, "The Second Act of Social-Media Activism," 3 Aug. 2020 And the lean running time keeps the movie a romp instead of an endurance test. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "5 recent movies now streaming that don’t suck," 31 July 2020 So the endurance of the laziness narrative just points to how America has long viewed social benefits — as undeserved handouts. Whizy Kim, refinery29.com, "It Turns Out That Getting $600 A Week Doesn’t Make You Lazy," 29 July 2020 Halsey and Bryce gathered historical data from three endurance races that pit humans against horses, including the Man Versus Horse Marathon, to test the idea that humans are uniquely adapted to run for long distances in hot weather. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, "What We Learn When Humans Race Against Horses," 12 July 2020 Williams is confident Ayton's conditioning will get better after putting the endurance of the team to the test Saturday. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, "Deandre Ayton 'looks unbelievable,' says Suns coach Monty Williams," 12 July 2020 When asked how long his staff could continue at this pace, Boom was candid about their endurance. Alison Medley, Houston Chronicle, "Houston Methodist CEO: 'July 4th may have reloaded the gun,' school reopenings at risk," 9 July 2020 Contestants are tested for their strength, endurance, agility and mental toughness in challenges that take place in the real world. Nina Zafar, Washington Post, "What to watch on Wednesday: ‘Stateless’ on Netflix," 8 July 2020 Norway, which ranked sixth, leads the world for professional runners, with 28 Olympic medals in athletics and endurance events overall. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "These Are the Fittest Countries, According to Reebok Study," 4 July 2020

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First Known Use of endurance

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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

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6 Aug 2020

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“Endurance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endurance. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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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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