Essential Meaning of endure
1 : to continue to exist in the same state or condition This tradition has endured [=lasted] for centuries. She wants to make sure her legacy will endure.
2 : to experience (pain or suffering) for a long time The refugees have endured [=suffered] more hardship than most people can imagine. He endured five years as a prisoner of war.
3 : to deal with or accept (something unpleasant) We endured the lecture for as long as we could.
Full Definition of endure
1 : to continue in the same state : last entry 1 the style endured for centuries
2 : to remain firm under suffering or misfortune without yielding though it is difficult, we must endure
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