perdure

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verb per·dure \(ˌ)pər-ˈdu̇r, -ˈdyu̇r\

Definition of perdure

perdured

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perduring

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to continue to exist :  last

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Examples of perdure in a sentence

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

Did You Know?

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.

Origin and Etymology of perdure

Middle English, from Anglo-French pardurer, Latin perdurare


First Known Use: 15th century



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