endurance

noun en·dur·ance \ in-ˈdu̇r-ən(t)s , -ˈdyu̇r- , en- \
Updated on: 19 May 2018

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

Examples of endurance in a Sentence

  1. The exercise program is designed to increase both strength and endurance.

  2. the endurance of his love for his wife was not arrested even by her death

Recent Examples of endurance from the Web

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First Known Use of endurance

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 2

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ENDURANCE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of endurance for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

endurance

noun en·dur·ance \ in-ˈdu̇r-əns , -ˈdyu̇r- \

Definition of endurance for Students

: the ability to put up with strain, suffering, or hardship The long hike tested our endurance.


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