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 MacBook’s endurance almost matches Apple’s 17-hour estimate. Chris Smith, BGR, 11 July 2021 The competition has been a feat of orthographic endurance for decades, giving each student a chance at thousands of dollars in prize money. Christian Ortega, USA TODAY, 8 July 2021 And while the obstacle course requires endurance and muscle strength, one 82-year-old woman is proving youth has nothing to do with it. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, 7 July 2021 Silence and endurance are the hallmarks of rugged individualism, not of patience. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, 5 July 2021 This fits with previous research showing better muscular endurance in women. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, 27 June 2021 But none showcased endurance and longevity like Biles. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, 27 June 2021 The unlikeliest of athletes — Houchin used to hate exercise, abuse pills and heroin — had coaxed her body into a remarkable display of strength and endurance, both mental and physical. Rachel Hutton, Star Tribune, 25 June 2021 From reducing blood pressure and inflammation to promoting bone strength and endurance, mineral-rich watermelon seeds are a nutritional powerhouse. Anna Haines, Forbes, 10 June 2021

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First Known Use of endurance

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Endurance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endurance. Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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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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