en·​dure | \ in-ˈdu̇r How to pronounce endure (audio) , -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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Recent Examples on the Web While many of the old mall classics are gone for good (there’s no pretzel stand in the current plans), the developers would keep some of the attractions that have endured. BostonGlobe.com, "Amid holiday hoopla, silent nights for Hanover Mall - The Boston Globe," 29 Nov. 2019 The blasts riled an area that had endured devastating floods in September, as well as Hurricane Harvey in 2017. New York Times, "Explosions Shake a Texas Town, and Its View on Thanksgiving," 28 Nov. 2019 Political scientist WH Greenleaf famously characterized British politics as an enduring cycle between the politics of libertarianism and collectivism. Daniel Fitzpatrick, Quartz, "Labour’s manifesto could transform British politics—even if it doesn’t win the election," 26 Nov. 2019 His departure is the latest upheaval at the Portland company – also known as Select Oil – which has endured a series of setbacks. Mike Rogoway, oregonlive, "Cura’s president exits troubled Portland marijuana company," 26 Nov. 2019 These information gathering operations are particularly lucrative for Venezuelans as they are sold for cryptocurrency such as bitcoin, a welcome alternative to the country’s own currency, which has endured rapid inflation. NBC News, "As Venezuela's economy struggles, some of its citizens turn to a lucrative gig: Cybercrime," 23 Nov. 2019 Littlejohn’s is one of several stories that will endure the first in a series of conclusions Saturday, when IU hosts No. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "5th-year seniors helped change IU culture, but Michigan offers 1 more breakthrough chance," 22 Nov. 2019 Aniston also shared a second, more current, photo of her and McMillan to illustrate their enduring friendship. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Jennifer Aniston Shares 'Friends'-Era Throwback Pic as a Birthday Tribute to Her Longtime Stylist, Chris McMillan," 10 Nov. 2019 Commercials are certainly a reason, though the principle of tolerating them for the sake of not having to pay 10 bucks a month has enduring appeal. Bill Carter For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Commercials aren't killing network TV. Streaming services just have better shows," 30 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of endure was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Endure.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endure. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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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)


en·​dure | \ in-ˈdu̇r How to pronounce endure (audio) , -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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