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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Friends and former co-workers raised concerns about how the negativity might be affecting her pregnancy, meanwhile Markle has remained quiet and just endured the lies and never-ending rumor-mill. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Channeled Carolyn Bessette in This Classic Look," 7 Feb. 2019 Those who endure the hazardous storms that blast extreme planets can seek out precious new crystal treasures that only light up during the worst weather. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "No Man’s Sky’s new update makes its sci-fi worlds even more alien," 21 Nov. 2018 Bath Mat: Your bathroom rugs endure a lot of wear and tear every day, so picking up a new one every 1-2 years will keep the space feeling fresh and clean. Bridget Mallon, ELLE Decor, "Here's the Real Lifespan of 10 Common Home Items," 14 Aug. 2018 The who-is-bad, who-is-good debate about the two main characters of the movie has endured since the movie's release. Zoe Harris, Marie Claire, "Joseph Gordon-Levitt's '(500) Days of Summer' Revelation Could Change the Way You See It," 7 Aug. 2018 Most parents who have endured something like this will tell you that getting through the trauma and high intensity of the initial, catastrophic event is the easiest part. Kerry Cromwell, Good Housekeeping, "My Little Boy Was Just 7 Years Old When He Had a Catastrophic Stroke," 26 July 2018 May is remaining steadfast on the matter, prompting comparisons to Britain’s only other female prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, who endured Cabinet resignations over the issue of Europe in 1990. Claire Zillman, Fortune, "Theresa May Brexit, Serena Williams Mom Guilt, Ivanka Trump Tariffs: Broadsheet July 10th," 10 July 2018 The Warriors’ sublimely talented guard tore his Achilles tendon in 1979, and in the manner of so many other players who endured that fate, his career cascaded grimly downhill. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "DeMarcus Cousins and the Warriors: A temporary, fascinating spectacle," 3 July 2018 The three-day invasion of Citizens Bank Park by fans who have endured the lifelong burden of front-running with the most successful franchise in baseball history came to a blessed end on Wednesday evening. Bob Ford, Philly.com, "As Phillies find their way, playing teams like the Yankees helps | Bob Ford," 28 June 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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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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