- 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.
- to bolster, sustain, or uphold: unflagging faith that had persevered him.
Origin of persevere
1. See continue.
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Examples from the Web for perseveres
I think she stands up to a lot of modern toys that require little or no imagination,” Stone writes, “and I hope she perseveres.Barbie Is Out, Monster High Is In
October 21, 2014
She has personally confronted suicide, business failure and biting criticism, and in the face of it all she perseveres.The Directors of Joan Rivers Documentary 'A Piece of Work' Remember Its Star
September 8, 2014
But if he perseveres, he could put real pressure on the Republicans to respond.It’s Not Just Dinner: Why Obama’s Meet-Ups Really Matter in Washington
March 8, 2013
It matters not so much what it is, as how she perseveres in it.Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women
George Sumner Weaver
Charles perseveres in his demand, and the Protestants in their refusal.History of the Great Reformation, Volume IV
J. H. Merle D'Aubign
And so, with his everlasting hope, he perseveres and will not give in.The Happy Golfer
There is no one who perseveres in well-doing like a thorough humbug.Mr. Punch in Bohemia
If Maule perseveres then you'll take him, and by-and-bye you'll come to like him.Phineas Redux
- (intr often foll by in) to show perseverance
C14: from Old French perseverer, from Latin persevērāre, from perseverus very strict; see severe
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Word Origin and History for perseveres
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