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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Recent Examples on the Web But when the fourth quarter arrived and Golden State’s inexperience began to show, Curry and Thompson seldom got up from their seats as the Warriors endured a 109-106 loss to the Clippers at Staples Center. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Fourth-quarter collapse dooms Warriors in loss to Clippers," 10 Jan. 2020 However, our stellar park systems offer enough outdoor activities to make those annoyances worth enduring. John Pana, cleveland, "Top 20 outdoor winter activities near Cleveland," 9 Jan. 2020 The decision comes after the company endured more than three months of criticism from Democratic politicians and activists over its decision not to fact-check ads from political campaigns. NBC News, "Facebook's final word on political ads: No changes to microtargeting but more control for users," 9 Jan. 2020 These designs have yet to prove that their scientific payoff justifies their cost and complexity, plus the requirement that two people endure a constricted almost-hug, in some cases for 1 hour or more. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "MRI scanners built for two push limits of neuroimaging," 9 Jan. 2020 The hospital argues that the child, who was born with a heart defect, chronic lung disease, and a blood-pressure disorder, stands no chance of a normal life and is enduring terrible pain and suffering. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 9 Jan. 2020 Saddam Hussein’s forces endured in the Iran-Iraq War in large part by achieving air superiority. al, "An old forever-war is new again," 3 Jan. 2020 Mahershala Ali, playing freedman Moses, emerges as the heart of the film’s final 40 minutes, which illuminate the victories won and hardships endured by black folk after the Union victory at Appomattox. Jason Herbert, Smithsonian Magazine, "What Were the Best History Movies of the Decade?," 31 Dec. 2019 Daly endured everything life threw at her, Sween said. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Disability rights advocate Ellen Daly dies at 82 after long career knocking down barriers in her path, enacting change," 28 Dec. 2019

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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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Cite this Entry

“Endure.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endure?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=e&file=endure01. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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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 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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