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[pur-suh-veer] /ˌpɜr səˈvɪər/
verb (used without object), persevered, persevering.
to persist in anything undertaken; maintain a purpose in spite of difficulty, obstacles, or discouragement; continue steadfastly.
to persist in speech, interrogation, argument, etc.; insist.
verb (used with object), persevered, persevering.
to bolster, sustain, or uphold:
unflagging faith that had persevered him.
Origin of persevere
1325-75; Middle English perseveren < Middle French perseverer < Latin persevērāre to persist, derivative of persevērus very strict. See per-, severe
Synonym Study
1. See continue. Unabridged
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  • So it perseveres, and accomplishes its projects, even though the gates of hell oppose.

    Epistle Sermons, Vol. II Martin Luther
  • Charles perseveres in his demand, and the Protestants in their refusal.

  • Crawford's is no common attachment; he perseveres, with the hope of creating that regard which had not been created before.

    Mansfield Park Jane Austen
  • And so, with his everlasting hope, he perseveres and will not give in.

    The Happy Golfer Henry Leach
  • The reward, although not sought by the lover, is due him, and will be rendered if he perseveres.

  • There is no one who perseveres in well-doing like a thorough humbug.

  • After a while, if the hawk 108 perseveres, her superior flying powers will take her above the quarry.

British Dictionary definitions for perseveres


(intransitive) often foll by in. to show perseverance
Derived Forms
persevering, adjective
perseveringly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Old French perseverer, from Latin persevērāre, from perseverus very strict; see severe
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Word Origin and History for perseveres



mid-14c., from Old French perseverer "continue, persevere, endure" and directly from Latin perseverare "continue steadfastly, persist," from persevereus "very strict, earnest," from per- "very" (see per) + severus "strict" (see severity). Related: Persevered; persevering.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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