en·​dur·​ance in-ˈdu̇r-ən(t)s How to pronounce endurance (audio)
: the ability to withstand hardship or adversity
especially : the ability to sustain a prolonged stressful effort or activity
a marathon runner's endurance
: the act or an instance of enduring or suffering
endurance of many hardships
: permanence, duration
the endurance of the play's importance

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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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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

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“Endurance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endurance. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


en·​dur·​ance in-ˈd(y)u̇r-ən(t)s How to pronounce endurance (audio)
: the quality of lasting or of being permanent
: the ability to withstand hardship, adversity, or stress
athletes need to develop endurance
: suffering sense 1
endurance of many hardships

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