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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This is because the hinges have to be strong enough to endure years of use and hold the laptop together. Melissa Riofrio, PCWorld, "Finally! The new Dell XPS 13 puts the camera in the right place," 8 Jan. 2019 In the streets between Restaurant Floreyn and Le Restaurant are countless cool cafés, notably Bakers & Roasters , the Avocado Show (expect to endure appalling lines), and Little Collins. Steve King, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why We Keep Going Back to Amsterdam," 24 Dec. 2018 The fabric comes in a variety of weights to match the severity of duty as well as the temperatures they're meant to endure. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Coveralls and How to Buy Them," 19 Nov. 2018 Whatever else changes in American life, that proposition does not change; and holding it close is the best guarantee that democracy will endure. Time Staff, Time, "The 25 Moments From American History That Matter Right Now," 28 June 2018 Nothing feels reactionary to the recent criticism that Kanye has endured. Andreas Hale, Billboard, "5 Things We Learned After Our First Listen to Kanye West & Kid Cudi's 'Kids See Ghosts'," 8 June 2018 This isn’t the first health scare Ginsburg has endured this year. Vogue, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg Undergoes Successful Surgery to Remove Cancerous Nodules From Her Lung," 21 Dec. 2018 Speaking afterward to reporters, Garabedian argued that Hefner and Rosenberg had already endured public scrutiny for months before the suit was filed. Matt Stout, BostonGlobe.com, "Lawyers for Rosenberg, Hefner say releasing accuser’s name would level ‘playing field’," 12 July 2018 Serena Joy’s change of attitude is reflective of her feelings for the baby and general reverence for the idea of motherhood, not from any admittance of June’s humanity or acknowledgement of the injustices June has endured. Rena Gross, Billboard, "'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 2, Episode 12 Recap: 15 Reactions to 'Postpartum'," 4 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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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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