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 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 Which is what the Coyotes had to endure Monday night, after poor starts to the first two periods. Jose M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona Coyotes' rally from four goals down comes up short in loss to San Jose Sharks," 26 Apr. 2021 With the nearby rail yards, trains often travel through Franklin Park at a relatively low speed, meaning residents have to endure horn noise for a long period of time. Brian Slupski, chicagotribune.com, "Franklin Park progressing on ‘Quiet Zone’ efforts to minimize train horns," 26 Apr. 2021 Shares have since declined to around $11 and the hubbub subjected the tiny company to a degree of scrutiny few startups have to endure. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "Oregon electric vehicle startup’s decision to go public sent it on a wild ride," 22 Apr. 2021 These seniors had to endure something that has never been seen. Mitch Stephens, San Francisco Chronicle, "Pandemic-altered high school football season - a year in the making - ends too soon," 19 Apr. 2021 Sepúlveda found a day-care center close to her office, but that meant her baby also had to endure the commute. Washington Post, "The pandemic gave parents the chance to work from home. Now they don’t want to give it up.," 19 Apr. 2021 Central America does have to endure hurricanes, but that’s true of many tropical countries. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Kamala’s Theory of Everything," 14 Apr. 2021 Right now, the Clippers are roughly 66% through the schedule length those Warriors had to endure. Shane Young, Forbes, "A Deeper Look At The LA Clippers’ Historic Shooting Season," 11 Apr. 2021 And some reporters have to endure it, and report on it, repeatedly in their own communities. New York Times, "Broadcasting ‘the Shock, the Horror, the Outrage’ Live, Again and Again," 27 Mar. 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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The first known use of endure was in the 14th century

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4 May 2021

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“Endure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endure. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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