- to hold out against; sustain without impairment or yielding; undergo: to endure great financial pressures with equanimity.
- to bear without resistance or with patience; tolerate: I cannot endure your insults any longer.
- to admit of; allow; bear: His poetry is such that it will not endure a superficial reading.
- to continue to exist; last: These words will endure as long as people live who love freedom.
- to support adverse force or influence of any kind; suffer without yielding; suffer patiently: Even in the darkest ages humanity has endured.
- to have or gain continued or lasting acknowledgment or recognition, as of worth, merit or greatness: His plays have endured for more than three centuries.
Origin of endure
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Examples from the Web for endures
Lohse rushes Sigma Alpha Epsilon, gets a bid, endures pledge term, and then submits to the dehumanizing rigors of Hell Night.An Ivy League Frat Boy’s Shallow Repentance
November 24, 2014
Shirley, at its core, is about exactly that kind of connection: the one that endures despite all else.The Fiction Writer Shirley Jackson Stars in Her Own Novel
June 18, 2014
It is just as much of a choice as love—love that bears all things, believes all things, endures all things, hopes all things.Read Jon Favreau’s Full Commencement Address to College of the Holy Cross
May 27, 2014
This idea of constant attack and Christian victimhood is grounded in the myths of the early church, but it endures to this day.The Death of Jesus and the Rise of the Christian Persecution Myth
March 31, 2013
But he can also see that she endures the trauma associated with writing her own story.What Amanda Knox Is Up to Now
Winston Ross, Barbie Latza Nadeau
March 25, 2013
He is always like the Speaker in the House,—the person who does the least, and endures the most.The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly
Charles James Lever
The intervals between these visits he endures under protest.Oswald Langdon
Carson Jay Lee
I perceived at once that the faith which endures beyond its own knowledge was placed in all I said.The Gypsies
Charles G. Leland
Like the Master who, for the joy that was set before Him, endures the cross.Gathering Jewels
James Knowles and Matilda Darroch Knowles
Without remorse, he endures all its horrors; without guilt, he endures all its shame.Characteristics of Women
- to undergo (hardship, strain, privation, etc) without yielding; bear
- (tr) to permit or tolerate
- (intr) to last or continue to exist
Word Origin and History for endures
early 14c., "to undergo or suffer" (especially without breaking); late 14c. "to continue in existence," from Old French endurer (12c.) "make hard, harden; bear, tolerate; keep up, maintain," from Latin indurare "make hard," in Late Latin "harden (the heart) against," from in- (see in- (2)) + durare "to harden," from durus "hard," from PIE *deru- "be firm, solid."
Replaced the important Old English verb dreogan (past tense dreag, past participle drogen), which survives in dialectal dree. Related: Endured; endures.