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

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Its lyrics, about poverty and endurance, seemed to fit the Labor Day theme. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "Times change but politicians still turn out on Labor Day in the East Bay," 2 Sep. 2019 Of course, those risks haven’t stopped elite runners and cyclists—who like basketball players rely on speed and endurance—from using SPEDs. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Examining Wilson Chandler's Suspension for PEDs and Infrequency of Steroids in the NBA," 29 Aug. 2019 At these moments Ms Argerich, with her energy and effervescence, makes listeners feel very much alive; her performances are feats of endurance, as well as examples of superb skill. E.h., The Economist, "The wondrous power of Martha Argerich," 22 Aug. 2019 The first Africans in an English colony, their arrival is considered by many historians to be the beginning of a 400-year story filled with tragedy, endurance, survival, and a legacy of resilience, inequality, and oppression. National Geographic, "400 years ago, enslaved Africans first arrived in Virginia," 13 Aug. 2019 Those distances, which combine speed and endurance, are the races in which athletes with testosterone in the male range, like Semenya, have an unfair advantage in muscle strength and oxygen-carrying capacity, track’s governing body believes. New York Times, "Ruling Leaves Caster Semenya With Few Good Options," 31 July 2019 The film accepts this state of affairs as an invitation for its characters to achieve a cartoon-like level of physical endurance, strength, dexterity, mutability and resistance to pain. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw': Film Review," 31 July 2019 That could have offered the shield's bearer greater speed, endurance, and agility on the battlefield. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "This 2,400-year-old bark shield took a beating in an Iron Age fight," 31 May 2019 His team at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies recommends starting with a 12-hour window of eating and working your way up to the optimal eight hour time-frame, when endurance, weight loss, and pre-diabetic reversal can happen in two months. Kate Branch, Vogue, "The Healthy Diet of the Future Focuses On When—Not Just What—You Eat," 1 Aug. 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 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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to make a temporary encampment

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