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 entry 1 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 Navy aviator credited his ability to endure torture, months of solitary confinement to being comfortable with his own company Mel Moore never minded being alone. John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ernest ‘Mel’ Moore Jr., POW who survived six years in ‘Hanoi Hilton,’ dies at 91," 30 Nov. 2020 Experiences of grief and of loss can be difficult to endure at any time -- but especially in the grayer days when night comes early. Maria Shine Stewart, cleveland, "Holding and folding your favorite holiday things: Sun Messages," 30 Nov. 2020 Iran too, despite its hawkish noises, is in no position to endure a full conflict. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, "Iran suffers more humiliation with killing of nuclear chief. But no one in the world's most febrile region wants war," 28 Nov. 2020 As the days grow colder, and the possibility of staging performances outdoors wanes, the chance that these businesses and the comedians whose careers depend on them continue to endure grows ever slimmer. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "How Will New York’s Standup Scene Weather the Winter?," 25 Nov. 2020 Some customers who tried to endure the wait lost patience, exited in their vehicles and began to fight. Author: Jessica Schladebeck, Anchorage Daily News, "Grand opening of Colorado In-N-Out burger joint sparks traffic jams, parking lot brawls and 14-hour wait times," 21 Nov. 2020 There is the virus to outlive, the opponent to outlast, the threats that must be outrun, many say — eroding liberties, police violence, institutional rot — if the whole enterprise is to endure in recognizable form. Matt Flegenheimer, New York Times, "Campaign 2020: Let’s Never Do This Again," 31 Oct. 2020 Adherents included millionaires and Hollywood actresses willing to endure humiliation and pledge obedience to the defendant as part of his teachings. Arkansas Online, "NXIVM head Keith Raniere sentenced to 120 years in prison," 27 Oct. 2020 There has been too much loss in 2020 to endure and too many new normals to accept without relocating Charlie Brown and his pals to a whole new medium. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "‘A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving’ is latest special to leave ABC for AppleTV+," 18 Nov. 2020

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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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5 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Endure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endure. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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How to pronounce endure (audio)

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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