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 The psychological scars suffered by survivors endured long beyond the 1966 disaster. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "The True Story of the Aberfan Disaster," 15 Nov. 2019 The two North Carolinians helped coach Jim Christian bring back respectability to the program, enduring some difficult times. BostonGlobe.com, "Former Boston College star Ky Bowman goes from undrafted to NBA starter - The Boston Globe," 15 Nov. 2019 Of course, those characters were a family in a weird way, some blood, some not, but those traditions endure. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "Legacies boss talks carrying on The Vampire Diaries tradition of a decade dance," 14 Nov. 2019 Although the protests have hurt growth, the city’s economic core is also one of its greatest strengths for enduring the tumult. New York Times, "Highways on Fire. Semesters Cut Short. A Recession. Can Hong Kong Heal?," 14 Nov. 2019 Those numbers reflected a noticeably sharper, more switched-on Indiana at that end of the floor, with the Lions (1-2) enduring multiple significant scoreless stretches after halftime. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "Trayce Jackson-Davis leads Hoosiers in imperfect IU win over North Alabama," 12 Nov. 2019 Esposito described trees as a natural cooling system, and native trees such as mesquite, ironwoods and palo verdes have the added benefit of being able to endure the Valley's harsh climate. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, "Plant a fruit tree this fall. Your neighbors will thank you," 12 Nov. 2019 Critically, women diagnosed with an ACL tear endure greater emotional trauma compared to men with the same injury. Christine Yu, Outside Online, "Your Fear of Reinjury Could Get You Hurt Again," 11 Nov. 2019 Sadly, UCF’s season turned into a Oklahoma dust bowl on Friday night and UCF fans are now enduring their own great depression (how’s that for hyperbole?). Mike Bianchi, orlandosentinel.com, "Sadly, UCF is now just an average, run-of-the-mill, non-Power 5 program | Commentary," 8 Nov. 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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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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