persevere

verb per·se·vere \ ˌpər-sə-ˈvir \
Updated on: 6 Dec 2017

Definition of persevere

persevered; persevering
intransitive verb
: to persist in a state, enterprise, or undertaking in spite of counterinfluences, opposition, or discouragement

perseveringly

play \ˌpər-sə-ˈvir-iŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of persevere in a Sentence

  1. She persevered in her studies and graduated near the top of her class.

  2. Even though he was tired, he persevered and finished the race.

Recent Examples of persevere from the Web

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The early settlers of the New World persevered in the face of constant hardship and danger. The Pilgrims of Plymouth Plantation lost half their number in the first winter to disease and hunger, but their perseverance paid off, and within five years their community was healthy and self-sufficient. Perhaps more remarkable are all the solitary inventors who have persevered in pursuing their visions for years, lacking any financial support and laughed at by the public.

Origin and Etymology of persevere

Middle English, from Anglo-French parseverer, from Latin perseverare, from per- through + severus severe

persevere Synonyms

Synonyms
carry on, persist, gut it out, hang in there
Related Words
dig in, hang on, keep up; follow through (with); knuckle down
Near Antonyms
give up, knock off, quit; bow, give in, submit, succumb, surrender, yield; falter, hang back, hesitate, shilly-shally, vacillate, waver, wobble (also wabble)

PERSEVERE Defined for English Language Learners

persevere

verb

Definition of persevere for English Language Learners

  • : to continue doing something or trying to do something even though it is difficult


PERSEVERE Defined for Kids

persevere

verb per·se·vere \ ˌpər-sə-ˈvir \

Definition of persevere for Students

persevered; persevering
: to keep trying to do something in spite of difficulties
  • She persevered in learning to speak French.


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