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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Today in misguided marketing: MGM had unveiled a collection of wine inspired by the Hulu show The Handmaid’s Tale only to endure swift social media backlash. Claire Zillman, Fortune, "Oprah Winfrey Empire, Angela Merkel, Paternity Leave: Broadsheet July 12th," 12 July 2018 Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton are the only presidents to have endured one—threatening impeachment has become as commonplace in America’s hyper-polarised system as brawling in the Taiwanese parliament. The Economist, "The case against impeachment," 12 July 2018 When people, with or without children, enter our Country, they must be told to leave without our Country being forced to endure a long and costly trial. Nash Jenkins, Time, "President Trump Again Calls for Stripping Migrants at the Border of Due Process," 5 July 2018 When people, with or without children, enter our Country, they must be told to leave without our … Country being forced to endure a long and costly trial. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Renews Call for Deporting Refugees Without Due Process," 5 July 2018 Alex Metcalfe's dark, dreary photography, while admittedly a trial to endure, well befits the gloomy setting. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Lighthouse': Film Review," 4 July 2018 Without this medication, he was forced to endure the agony of withdrawal over several days. Brian Barnett, STAT, "Jails and prisons: the unmanned front in the battle against the opioid epidemic," 2 July 2018 Head coach Eusebio Di Francesco looks set to endure a busy summer with interest in his players high. SI.com, "Atletico Madrid and Inter Target Roma's Alessandro Florenzi as He Stalls on Signing New Contract," 1 July 2018 Many of these residents fled trauma in their native countries only to endure trauma in America from racist taunts and violence, and now, the constant specter of detainment and deportation. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "There Are Few Second Chances for Immigrants Who Commit Crimes," 27 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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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 , -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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