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

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

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 In his treatise de Architectura (circa 30 CE), the Roman architect and engineer Vitruvius wrote about how to build concrete walls for funerary structures that could endure for a long time without falling into ruins. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 1 Jan. 2022 During that time, rotgut liquor wasn’t ideal for drinking straight, which made speakeasies get creative, birthing some delicious cocktails that endure to this day. Jeremy Repanich, Robb Report, 14 Nov. 2021 What was important to me about running that studio for 20-something years was backing great filmmakers and making movies that would endure. Keaton Bell, Vogue, 29 Oct. 2021 Forty-six percent think this is going to last less than a year, but 54% think this demand surge is a longer-term situation that will endure 2-plus years. Willem Sundblad, Forbes, 28 Oct. 2021 The zeal for them is practically ecumenical, with cherished rhythms that endure even after natural disasters. New York Times, 3 Oct. 2021 Experts say those least likely to have air conditioning are the people who will endure the worst heat -- historically underserved communities. Rachel Ramirez, CNN, 14 Sep. 2021 The Taliban seems to be assembling the pieces, many of them there for the taking, for a brutally invasive surveillance state, one that could endure. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, 26 Aug. 2021 Meeting your customer’s needs in a time of heightened stress will create a strong relationship that will endure even after COVID-19. Tom Cooney And Crystal Faulkner, The Enquirer, 24 Aug. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endure. Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for endure


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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