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 Mu persevered, earning a top 10 ranking in Southern California for 12, 14, 16 and 18 age divisions. San Diego Union-Tribune, "U-T All-Academic Team Captains for spring sports," 12 June 2019 Although the Soviet Union sent several landers to Venus, the ones that survived quickly succumbed to the planet’s harsh environment: the longest-lasting one persevered for a mere 127 minutes. Shannon Hall, Scientific American, "Venus, Earth’s Evil Twin, Beckons Space Agencies," 12 June 2019 When a mouse’s food reward is moved around a maze, some mice persevere for hours, while others quickly resign themselves to hunger. Quanta Magazine, "Inside a Brain Circuit, the Will to Press On," 5 Dec. 2013 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

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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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