persevere

verb
per·​se·​vere | \ ˌpər-sə-ˈvir How to pronounce persevere (audio) \
persevered; persevering

Definition of persevere

intransitive verb

: to persist in a state, enterprise, or undertaking in spite of counterinfluences, opposition, or discouragement

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Other Words from persevere

perseveringly \ ˌpər-​sə-​ˈvir-​iŋ-​lē How to pronounce perseveringly (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms for persevere

Synonyms

carry on, persist

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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.

Examples of persevere in a Sentence

She persevered in her studies and graduated near the top of her class. Even though he was tired, he persevered and finished the race.

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But Ball persevered, relearning all the basics with her prosthetic legs on. Susie Armitage, SELF, "This Is How an Aerial Performer Restarted Her Career After Having Both Feet Amputated," 23 Jan. 2019 Even if the states continue to persevere, their actions won’t substitute for comprehensive federal oversight. Susan Dynarski, New York Times, "How to Clean Up the Student Loan Mess," 6 Apr. 2018 This is economic history on an epic scale, and readers who persevere through the book’s roughly 600 pages of text will find many surprises. Marc Levinson, WSJ, "‘Crashed’ Review: The Trouble Is Trans-Atlantic," 6 Aug. 2018 Despite these mechanisms of political and legal intimidation, everyday folks have continued to persevere, from kayak blockades in the bayous to people chaining themselves to extractors in protest of the construction. Mary Lovell, Teen Vogue, "Bayou Bridge Pipeline Meets Resistance from the L’eau Est La Vie Camp," 16 Oct. 2018 This is especially true for women athletes, whose career success hinges on their ability to persevere—something that Maia Shibutani, Olympic medalist, U.S. Figure Skating has plenty of experience with. Danielle Page, USA TODAY, "Empowering advice from today’s top women leaders at the 2018 KPMG Women's Leadership Summit," 2 July 2018 Building on her passion to serve, Scott persevered, and in 2016, challenged the state legislative incumbent in her district. Alex Brown, Teen Vogue, "Representative Attica Scott on Making Progressive Change in a Red State, and a Potential Run for Kentucky Governor," 18 Oct. 2018 Pressley has spoken openly about her experiences, putting herself out there as a woman who hasn’t just succeeded, but persevered. Jill Filipovic, Harper's BAZAAR, "Your State-by-State Guide to Women Running in the Midterms," 31 Oct. 2018 Reckless and the others have persevered in a small business long after hundreds have other have failed, crushed under the immense pressure of changing consumer behavior and streaming sites such as Netflix and Hulu. Ryan Blethen, The Seattle Times, "Seattle’s last 3 video rental stores strive to remain part of the neighborhood," 10 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of persevere

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for persevere

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

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The first known use of persevere was in the 14th century

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More Definitions for persevere

persevere

verb

English Language Learners Definition of persevere

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

persevere

verb
per·​se·​vere | \ ˌpər-sə-ˈvir How to pronounce persevere (audio) \
persevered; persevering

Kids Definition of persevere

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

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