per·​dure | \ (ˌ)pər-ˈdu̇r How to pronounce perdure (audio) , -ˈdyu̇r \
perdured; perduring

Definition of perdure

intransitive verb

: to continue to exist : last entry 1

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Perdure may be an unfamiliar word for many of our readers, but those who suspect they see hints of its ancestry in the more familiar synonym endure are correct. Perdure was borrowed into Middle English from Anglo-French and traces back to the Latin verb perdurare, meaning "to continue." Perdurare, in turn, was formed by combining the intensifying prefix per- with the verb durare, meaning "to last." Durare is also an ancestor of the English words endure, durable, indurate, and during, among others.

Examples of perdure in a Sentence

in so many ways, the influence and legacy of the Roman empire perdures to this very day

First Known Use of perdure

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for perdure

Middle English, from Anglo-French pardurer, Latin perdurare

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“Perdure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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