endure

verb
en·​dure | \in-ˈdu̇r, -ˈdyu̇r, en-\
endured; enduring

Definition of endure 

intransitive verb

1 : to continue in the same state : last the style endured for centuries

2 : to remain firm under suffering or misfortune without yielding though it is difficult, we must endure

transitive verb

1 : to undergo especially without giving in : suffer endure hardships endured great pain

2 : to regard with acceptance or tolerance could not endure noisy children

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bear, suffer, endure, abide, tolerate, stand mean to put up with something trying or painful. bear usually implies the power to sustain without flinching or breaking. forced to bear a tragic loss suffer often suggests acceptance or passivity rather than courage or patience in bearing. suffering many insults endure implies continuing firm or resolute through trials and difficulties. endured years of rejection abide suggests acceptance without resistance or protest. cannot abide their rudeness tolerate suggests overcoming or successfully controlling an impulse to resist, avoid, or resent something injurious or distasteful. refused to tolerate such treatment stand emphasizes even more strongly the ability to bear without discomposure or flinching. unable to stand teasing

continue, last, endure, abide, persist mean to exist over a period of time or indefinitely. continue applies to a process going on without ending. the search for peace will continue last, especially when unqualified, may stress existing beyond what is normal or expected. buy shoes that will last endure adds an implication of resisting destructive forces or agencies. in spite of everything, her faith endured abide implies stable and constant existing especially as opposed to mutability. a love that abides through 40 years of marriage persist suggests outlasting the normal or appointed time and often connotes obstinacy or doggedness. the sense of guilt persisted

Examples of endure in a Sentence

She wants to make sure her legacy will endure. He endured five years as a prisoner of war. We endured the lecture for as long as we could.
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There is no shortage of physical pain in Congo, but psychological distress is even more widespread, not to mention enduring. Nick Turse, Teen Vogue, "The Democratic Republic of Congo Has Humanitarian Crises Leaving Millions of Children In Danger," 14 Nov. 2018 Despite nearly constant political attacks on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Marketplace coverage (often referred to as Obamacare) has endured. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Heads Up: You Can Still Sign Up for Obamacare and Open Enrollment Is Going On Right Now," 14 Nov. 2018 Aside from a warm welcome, the gesture signified their continued faith not only in Ram, but in the power of good, and its enduring ability to overcome evil. Noor Brara, Vogue, "Celebrating Diwali, in Light of the Midterms," 10 Nov. 2018 Family, enduring friendship, meaningful shared work, local communities of worship—all have grown ever thinner. Ben Sasse, WSJ, "Politics Can’t Solve Our Political Problems," 12 Oct. 2018 The range of sizes, shapes, and colors of the heat-loving eggplant (Solanum melongena) tells the story of its enduring popularity. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "The Secret to Growing the Most Flavorful Eggplants," 27 July 2018 The two amphibians—one an introverted cynic who can’t stay present, the other an emotional-novelty addict—have a sweet, enduring friendship. The Atlantic, "What Book or Article Would You Make Required Reading for Everyone on Earth?," 26 June 2018 The extraordinary rescue of the youth soccer squad has been a rare cause for cheer in a nation that has endured four years of military governance and a growing rural-urban divide. Hannah Beech, The Seattle Times, "For some Thai soccer-team members, cave ordeal was only their latest test," 10 July 2018 For the officers who were present for this event, its especially hard knowing what this small baby endured in the last 24 hours. Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut, "5-Month-Old Baby Found Buried Alive in Montana Mountains," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of endure

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for endure

Middle English, from Anglo-French endurer, from Vulgar Latin *indurare, from Latin, to harden, from in- + durare to harden, endure — more at during

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More Definitions for endure

endure

verb

English Language Learners Definition of endure

: to continue to exist in the same state or condition

: to experience (pain or suffering) for a long time

: to deal with or accept (something unpleasant)

endure

verb
en·​dure | \in-ˈdu̇r, -ˈdyu̇r\
endured; enduring

Kids Definition of endure

1 : to continue to exist over a long time : last This tradition has endured for centuries.

2 : to experience without giving in They had to endure hardship to survive.

3 : to put up with He could not endure another minute of waiting.

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