Definition of persevere
: to persist in a state, enterprise, or undertaking in spite of counterinfluences, opposition, or discouragement
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.
Did You Know?
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
First Known Use: 14th century
PERSEVERE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of persevere for Students
: to keep trying to do something in spite of difficulties She persevered in learning to speak French.
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