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

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 Yet modern attempts to manufacture equipment that lasts pale in comparison with the timeless endurance of cast-iron cookware. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, 27 July 2022 But the endurance of Beijing’s stance — its willingness to continue riding out the economic damage and public anger — constitutes one of the more consequential variables in a world brimming with uncertainty. New York Times, 16 July 2022 With public support, a group of drone enthusiasts and engineers built a craft with a ten-foot wingspan and a flight endurance of more than five hours with a cruising speed of around 55 mph. David Hambling, Forbes, 22 June 2022 The Department of Conservation’s Graeme Taylor said that tests of some dead kororā indicated starvation and hypothermia — especially in baby penguins that have neither the strength nor the endurance to search for food in deep ocean waters. Sammy Westfall, Washington Post, 14 June 2022 The day consists of three separate workouts, starting with a swimming session which is all about building up the necessary endurance, without compromising on speed. Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 30 May 2022 The high endurance Classic Deodorant Stick can be used on its own or with Old Spice cologne to intensify the notes, or it can be used with a complimentary dark cologne. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 May 2022 The race, in its 37th year, draws dozens of Alaska’s best endurance athletes as well as runners from the Lower 48. Chris Bieri, Anchorage Daily News, 23 July 2022 This is an important finding, because negative thinking is the default option for many endurance athletes. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, 7 July 2022 See More

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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 8 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for endurance


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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