Trending: perseverance

Lookups spiked 2,300% on February 18, 2021

Why are people looking up perseverance?

Perseverance was among our top lookups on February 18th, 2021, after NASA’s rover of this name was successfully placed on Mars.

What does perseverance mean?

We define perseverance as “continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition : the action or condition or an instance of persevering.” In English use since the 14th century, the word may be traced to the Latin roots of per-, meaning “through,” and severus, meaning “severe.”


As soon as I had regaled myself I went in quest of those kind ladies, whom I was very impatient to see; and, with some difficulty and perseverance, I found them at May's-hill, Greenwich.
— Olaudah Equiano, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, 1794

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