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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Roberto Firmino didn't do any important no-look passes or delicious little flicks which led to anything majorly important, the Brazilian also enduring a night to forget. SI.com, "Twitter Reacts to Uncharacteristic Liverpool Errors & Adrian Wonder Save in Champions League Opener," 17 Sep. 2019 As the group endure further hardships, some soldiers reveal themselves to be psychopaths, embracing their brutality, and others children who have simply been brainwashed. N.e.g., The Economist, "“Monos” paints a surreal and disturbing portrait of child guerrillas," 16 Sep. 2019 One girl named Katie was diagnosed at age 2 and endured 14 hospitalizations. Ryan Prior, CNN, "This med student was given last rites before finding a treatment that saved his life. His method could help millions," 14 Sep. 2019 Leslie Jones, who was hired in 2014 and endured racial and misogynistic harassment online, left the show last month ahead of the season premiere on Sept. 28. NBC News, "'Saturday Night Live' cast member's ethnic slurs forces show to grapple with limits of comedy," 13 Sep. 2019 Beckham believes the injuries he's endured since are a direct result of suffering a low hit from cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun that resulted in a high ankle sprain. Christopher Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Jonathan Vilma defends New York Jets DC Gregg Williams in wake of Odell Beckham Jr.'s comments," 13 Sep. 2019 On Thursday that ability to play hardball was on full display after Amazon pulled the plug on plans to build a sprawling new campus in New York City rather than endure further public criticism of the project. Elizabeth Dwoskin, chicagotribune.com, "Google reaped millions of tax breaks as it secretly expanded its real estate footprint across the US," 13 Sep. 2019 Because Denver endured challenging times since 2001, it was poised and ready to surface more favorably (post-recession) than most of the country. Steve Blank, The Denver Post, "Cocktail chattables: The Denver housing market, strong and growing, is at no risk of being in a bubble that could burst," 12 Sep. 2019 But why spend another season enduring long lines just to end up with the same old thing? Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "These Fun Pumpkin Cocktails Are Just What You Need To Get Ready For Fall," 6 Sep. 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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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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