en·​dur·​ance | \in-ˈdu̇r-ən(t)s, -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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Castillo, 31, was suspended for taking Erythropoietin (EPO), which was often the drug of choice for elite cyclists and other endurance athletes. Scott Boeck, USA TODAY, "Welington Castillo suspended 80 games by MLB for taking EPO," 24 May 2018 Middleton, an endurance athlete, has also reportedly subscribed to the Sirtfood Diet, which focuses on 20 key foods—including kale, arugula, strawberries and walnuts—that amp up the body's metabolism and fat-burning ability. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything You Need to Know About Pippa Middleton's Wedding," 20 May 2017 The teams compete in categories such as innovation, design, short-distance sprints and a 1.275-kilometer endurance race. Jennifer Conn, Akron Reporter, cleveland.com, "University of Akron's Human Powered Vehicle design team on a roll," 11 May 2018 The Clipper race, started in 1996, groups amateur sailors with skippers for an 11-month endurance race through the world’s oceans. Christine Willmsen, The Seattle Times, "‘It’s not a luxury cruise’: Crews, yachts in around-the-world race settle into Seattle until next leg," 26 Apr. 2018 Boston Marathon race director Dave McGillivray has run 155 marathons including 45 straight in Boston, completed the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii nine times, and finished numerous endurance races for charity. Cindy Cantrell, BostonGlobe.com, "Marathon dreams, from a kid’s point of view," 30 Mar. 2018 The opaque headlights are yellow, a reference to the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race that BMW will enter later this year. Hannah Elliott, Bloomberg.com, "BMW Reveals a Gran Coupe Concept That’s More Sport Than Sedan," 6 Mar. 2018 New entrants will need to have endurance and commitment to succeed. Thad Kresho, STAT, "The health care industry is being transformed, one deal at a time," 25 May 2018 Implementing a comprehensive conditioning circuit helps engage the muscle groups responsible for a faster pace, while also improving muscle endurance and post-run recovery. Philly.com, "Strength training for runners: 3 moves to help you hit your stride," 13 Mar. 2018

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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, -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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