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[en-doo r-ing, -dyoo r-] /ɛnˈdʊər ɪŋ, -ˈdyʊər-/
lasting; permanent:
a poet of enduring greatness.
patient; long-suffering.
Origin of enduring
First recorded in 1525-35; endure + -ing2
Related forms
enduringly, adverb
enduringness, noun
nonenduring, adjective
unenduring, adjective
unenduringly, adverb


[en-doo r, -dyoo r] /ɛnˈdʊər, -ˈdyʊər/
verb (used with object), endured, enduring.
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.
verb (used without object), endured, enduring.
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.
1275-1325; Middle English enduren < Anglo-French, Old French endurer < Latin indūrāre to harden, make lasting, equivalent to in- in-2 + dūrāre to last, be or become hard, derivative of dūrus hard
Related forms
endurer, noun
unendured, adjective
2. stand, support, suffer, brook. 4. abide.
4. fail, die.
Synonym Study
2. See bear1. 4. See continue. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • You see effects and groups every moment that you would give money to be able to carry away with you in enduring form.

    Locusts and Wild Honey John Burroughs
  • More fortunate than his predecessor (Achilles), he got off with a slight but enduring limp.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • It is a characteristic of genius to give a completeness to work that endows it with an enduring independent vitality.

    Makers of Modern Medicine James J. Walsh
  • They were also tough and enduring, and could travel long distances.

  • This may be regarded as the soul of enduring literature, and it is as exhaustless as the human mind itself.

British Dictionary definitions for enduring


permanent; lasting
having forbearance; long-suffering
Derived Forms
enduringly, adverb
enduringness, noun


to undergo (hardship, strain, privation, etc) without yielding; bear
(transitive) to permit or tolerate
(intransitive) to last or continue to exist
Derived Forms
endurable, adjective
endurability, endurableness, noun
endurably, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Old French endurer, from Latin indūrāre to harden, from dūrus hard
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Word Origin and History for enduring

late 14c., action of the verb endure; as a present participle adjective meaning "lasting," from 1530s.



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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