endure

verb
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 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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Jamie has enduring power, which is Taurus’s greatest gift. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Who Will Take the Iron Throne, Based on Every 'Game of Thrones' Star's Zodiac Sign," 16 Apr. 2019 Historically, these racial groups have faced more oppression and have endured more setbacks than white people — making it even harder to build wealth. Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue, "Equal Pay Day Messaging Disregards Women of Color," 2 Apr. 2019 The catwalk was dusted with glitter, a nod to Spade’s enduring shimmer, which was threaded throughout Glass’s collection. Katharine K. Zarrella, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Spade's New Creative Director Opens Up About Honoring the Late Designer's Legacy," 30 Jan. 2019 So while engines have gotten quieter to meet noise standards on the ground, the noise travelers endure in the cabin has only gotten a few decibels quieter each decade, experts say. ... Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "The Noisiest Parts of the Plane," 1 May 2019 In the end, this is an arthouse survival movie, very quiet, not reliant on flash and effects so much as its lead’s incredible will to endure. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Arctic is a pure distillation of the man vs. nature genre," 1 Feb. 2019 Being unable to provide for and protect your children is one of the worst feelings a parent can endure. Doug Hirsch, STAT, "A bygone pre-existing condition shouldn’t keep my son from getting health insurance," 25 June 2018 But there is no law that protects a right to fill the gas tank or buy deodorant at CVS or eat in a fancy restaurant without enduring verbal reminders of one's moral bankruptcy. Jay Willis, GQ, "Public Shaming Is Powerful," 25 June 2018 Several of the battles Pruitt launched against regulations, such as the aggressive fuel economy standards championed by California and the federal Clean Power Plan aimed at reducing electricity plant emissions, are likely to endure for years. Evan Halper, latimes.com, "Embattled EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigns amid scandals," 5 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 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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